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Although local officials were prepared for much worse, Thursday’s predicted severe weather brought little damage to most of Calvert County.
“We had a typical … squall line of a system of thunderstorms, which traveled west to east,” said Bobby Fenwick, county division chief of Emergency Management and Safety. “Contained within that line of thunderstorms was some severe weather.”
There were four reported tornadoes in the state, he said, none of which were in Calvert.
Fenwick said there were reports of “a couple trees down” throughout the county, which he said was “not surprising.” He said there was one report of a tree landing on the deck of a home and one tree landing on electrical wires.
Both Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans (R) and Maryland State Police Prince Frederick barrack assistant commander Det. Sgt. A. Paton said there were no car accidents or unusual incidents as a result of Thursday night’s storm.
“We dodged a bullet,” Evans said.
“It was pretty quiet,” Paton said. “We were ready, the [Emergency Operations Center] was activated … but Calvert got lucky.”
Scanner reports Thursday afternoon indicated the southern part of the county got hit the hardest by the storm, with heavy rains and high winds.
Solomons Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jim Taylor said volunteers responded to a reported capsized boat in the Solomons Harbor at about 3:54 p.m. Thursday.
Taylor said three people were on board a 20-foot sailboat in the harbor. Dispatchers said the boat had capsized, Taylor said, but by the time rescue personnel arrived, the boat had righted itself and drifted onto a sandbar, where it got stuck.
“We assured they were OK and assisted getting them off the sandbar,” Taylor said. “There were no injuries; everyone was OK.”
Fenwick said anytime there is a report from the National Weather Service of a system that has the potential for tornadoes, people should make a plan of “what they’re going to do” and find a safe, “structurally strong” place in their home to wait out the storm.
“Any time the National Weather Service puts out a warning in the area … we want people to pay attention to that,” he said, adding that it’s “far better” for people to remain in a safe place during the duration of a severe weather warning and have nothing happen than to be in an unsafe place and have something occur. “Getting to a safe location is so important in these violent storms.”
According to Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.’s outage map, as of Friday morning, fewer than 16 Calvert County customers were reported without power. There were 13 Calvert outages reported on Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative’s outage map as of 2 p.m. Friday.