Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
327 PM EDT Mon Jul 24 2017


Location...Bay City and Stevensville in Queen Anne's County Maryland 
Estimated Time...0129 AM EDT 
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF2 
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...125 mph 
Maximum Path Width...150 yards 
Path Length...2 miles Beginning 
Lat/Lon...38.970809, -76.343164 
Ending lat/Lon...38.979050, -76.308880
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...1

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly NJ has confirmed a
tornado near Stevensville in Queen Anne's County Maryland on

A waterspout developed over the Chesapeake Bay between Annapolis
and Stevensville, Maryland just south of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge
as estimated by radar velocity from the Baltimore-Washington 
Airport Terminal Doppler Weather Radar. The waterspout moved 
ashore at 129 AM in the Bay City Area of Kent Island and then
traveled northeast toward Stevensville, Maryland where it lifted
at 133 AM after being on the ground for about 2 miles.

Maximum winds were estimated at 125 mph which makes this an EF2
tornado. Several wood framed townhomes had the upper floors 
entirely lifted off along with the roof; several other homes had 
either roofs lifted off and tossed or received other damage. One 
business was destroyed. There was one injury to a person who was 
punctured by debris. In addition, there were trees and power lines
down and some gas leaks were reported along with a structure fire
to a home.

Additional information will be added to this report once the
survey team returns to the Mount Holly NWS office this evening.

We would like to thank the County Officials in Queen Anne's County
for their coordination and assistance in conducting this survey. 

This information can also be found on our website at

For reference: the Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes
into the following categories:

EF0...Wind speeds 65 to 85 mph
EF1...Wind speeds 86 to 110 mph
EF2...Wind speeds 111 to 135 mph
EF3...Wind speeds 136 to 165 mph
EF4...Wind speeds 166 to 200 mph
EF5...Wind speeds greater than 200 mph