Storms Bring Disruptions, Outages to Prince George's County
The National Weather Service reports that a brief tornado was documented during Tuesday's severe weather outburst.
A sprawling storm system kicked up rain, power outages, and 50 mph wind gusts Tuesday as it pushed through Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region.
Overall, Prince George's County appeared relatively unscathed by the severe weather, with minor wind-related damage reported across the area.
But the day was marked by an escalating series of watches and alerts from the National Weather Service, including a tornado warning issued in the afternoon for the northern end of the county.
The NWS reports that a brief tornado was documented east of the U.S. 50/I-495 interchange, but damage was said to be confined to uprooted trees and snapped limbs.
More than 2,000 Pepco customers lost power at one point across the county—including a cluster of 600-odd homes in College Park—and after-school activities were preemptively canceled in Prince George's and many neighboring jurisdictions.
Most MARC trains were delayed between 30 and 60 minutes due to weather-related signal issues and speed restrictions on the Penn Line between Washington and BWI, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.
The MTA also said a tree fell on the tracks along the Brunswick Line, which experienced flash flooding, causing additional delays.
Travelers flying through BWI also experienced delays in the afternoon, airport officials reported.