Severe weather led to a waterspout tornado and reports of significant damage on Maryland’s Smith Island on Thursday evening. Several eyewitnesses managed to capture some scary videos and pictures of both the waterspout and the damage it left behind.
A waterspout is simply a tornado that crosses over water and that’s exactly what can be seen in the video from Smith Island, which sits in the Chesapeake Bay along the Maryland-Virginia border. The waterspout appears to move past a marina and several onlookers fortunate enough to not be in the storm’s path. However, it does seem to hit and cause significant damage to a building around 25 seconds into the video.
Images from moments after the tornado passed through the area show just how powerful it was.
Marland Governor Larry Hogan said in a tweet soon after the storm that more than 50,000 power outages had been reported. He urged residents to stay off the roads so that emergency crews could tend to the damage. The governor also stated Somerset County officials reported significant damage on Smith Island and that his office was prepared to offer assistance.
Much of the damage was reported to be in the Rhodes Point area of Smith Island, and unfortunately, there have been reports that one person was injured,