Storms leave trails of damage in Howard and Baltimore counties – CBS Baltimore

COLUMBIA, Maryland (WJZ) — Cleanup efforts are underway in Baltimore and Howard counties after storms swept through Wednesday evening, leaving behind a trail of damage including downed trees and flooding.

Strong winds toppled trees and snapped branches, scattering debris across the area. A tree crashed into a Woodlawn home, collapsing part of the roof, damaging two of its bedrooms and knocking down a nearby power line.

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Elsewhere, heavy rain caused the waters to rise in the historic town of Ellicott, stranding several cars. Floodwaters also inundated the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, leading to the cancellation of a Halsey concert.

One of the hardest-hit parts of the region was the Greenleaf neighborhood of Columbia, where crews inspected the damage Thursday, dismantling damaged trees and sheared branches during the storms.

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Both counties were placed under tornado warnings Wednesday night after National Weather Service radar detected rotation near Columbia. There was no immediate word Thursday if a tornado touched down.

The weather also caused the postponement of the Orioles’ home game against the Chicago Cubs, which was rescheduled for August 18.

Ellicott City, founded in the 18th century as an industrial town and the first of the first B&O Railroad terminus outside the city, experienced two “1,000-year floods” in 2016 and 2018, damaging dozens of buildings. businesses and killing three people.

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A resident shared video clips on Twitter on Wednesday night showing rising waters from nearby tributaries as warning sirens sounded in the background. Mud and other debris accumulated Thursday near the Patapsco River.

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