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No tornado activity reported in Eastern Panhandle

June 11, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Conditions were ripe, albeit rather briefly, for a tornado in the Eastern Panhandle Monday evening, but emergency officials said they received no reports of any of the violent storms forming in the area.

The threatening storms tracked across Berkeley County from southwest to the northeast into Jefferson County, said Stephen S. Allen, director of the Berkeley County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The most threatening conditions lasted for about 30 minutes, beginning just before 5 p.m., in the Inwood, W.Va., area, according to Allen.

The threat then moved northeast toward Shepherdstown, W.Va., where Shepherd University officials advised the campus community to seek shelter at 5:15 p.m.

A tornado watch that was issued at 2 p.m. Monday was canceled before it was set to expire at 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

The Tri-State area received heavy rainfall throughout the day.

In Maryland

National Weather Service Meteorologist Brandon Peloquin says storm survey crews will visit several locations in central and southern Maryland on Tuesday to determine whether damage reported in those areas was caused by a tornado or straight line winds.

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A tornado was reported near Sykesville on Monday and a Howard County fire official reported high winds destroyed a building and detached garage in Woodbine.

Emergency officials in Baltimore reported flooding on many streets and say a water spout that moved across the harbor damaged the roof of one building at the port.

— Reporting by The Associated Press and Herald-Mail staff writer Matthew Umstead


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