Tornado Confirmed Friday Afternoon in Olney

by MCS Staff

Earlier today we reported on damage at a few Olney homes due to the storms that included Tornado Warnings that came through Friday afternoon. It has been confirmed that an EF-0 tornado touched down in various parts of Olney. Additional information can be seen below, courtesy of the National Weather Service via Iowa State University.

“An EF-0 tornado with winds estimated at 80 MPH briefly touched down in Montgomery County, MD, in the town of Olney on the afternoon of Friday, May 27, 2022.

The tornado damage path started at the 3600 block of Toddsbury Lane, where large limbs were downed, with limbs blown to the southeast and north, damaging vehicles parked in the driveway of a residence. The tornado lifted before doing concentrated damage at the end of Toddsbury Lane in and around the cul de sac. Approximately 12-15 trees were uprooted and snapped in and around this cul de sac. Some of these were uprooted with a diameter of two feet, falling along a walking path located between the cul de sac and Queen Elizabeth Drive. The trees produced damage on both automobiles and on the rear of residences along Queen Elizabeth Drive.

Drone footage provided by the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security confirmed the linear damage path, along with other trees that were topped in the vicinity of the path. Eyewitness accounts noted a swirling of debris on the Toddsbury Lane cul de sac.

Radar analysis depicted a velocity couplet by KLWX WSR- 88D in Sterling, Virginia, that was colocated with the area sustaining damage. Winds were estimated to be 80 MPH due to the snapping and uprooting of both hardwood and softwood trees in the damage path. The National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington Weather Forecast Office thanks the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for their assistance in the survey.”

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