Storms kill boy in Virginia, bring tornado in Maryland

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Baltimore, MD, United States (4E) – Severe storms moving in the mid-Atlantic killed a four-year-old boy in Virginia and spawned at least two tornadoes in Maryland that left 12,000 Baltimore customers without power on Thursday.

The fatality from Maymont Park was hit by a falling tree uprooted by strong winds that lashed Richmond around 4 p.m. His father was injured and brought to a hospital for treatment.

The storm also downed trees and power lines in Pertersburg, Prince George and Hanover County. More than 170,000 homes and businesses in the state lost electricity service.

The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado near the Washington suburb of Laurel, Maryland just after 4 p.m., according to NBC News. The tornado cut power in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties.

idespread flooding occurred and ping-pong-ball-sized hail fell in northern counties. Trees were downed in Frederick, Carroll, Baltimore and Harford counties.

At the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, thunderstorms delayed 60 arriving and 57 departing planes.

In Ohio, an 80 mph tornado touched down in Willshire, Van Wert County damaging homes and downing trees. Another tornado caused damaged in Hamler, Henry County. A tornado also touched down near Rockford in Mercer County on the Indiana border and near the new New Knoxville Airport in Auglaize County before midnight.

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