After 100 degree temperatures during the day and evening, severe thunderstorms swept through Annapolis late last night.
Some neighbors told me they heard the storm coming like a freight train. Another neighbor felt surprising heat and stillness when she stepped outside late in the evening. I just heard the winds when they started, and then came the lightning, thunder, and rain. Lots of folks were taken by surprise as the line of storms swept through. Others who had been listening to the weather forecasts said that they were right on target, to the minute.
With gusts over 70 miles per hour, I thought about what it would be like to be out on a boat on the Chesapeake Bay, and I was glad to be inside.
Wind damage, rain, and tornadoes were reported throughout the region. In Annapolis, a classic Murray Hill home that was built in 1930 was damaged by two tulip poplar trees which came down on the roof, bringing up part of the sidewalk with them.
BGE is currently reporting 94,505 customers out of power in Anne Arundel County, and 421,038 currently out of power in the state of Maryland.
Local coffee shops like City Dock Cafe were doing a booming business this morning. Their great coffee, tasty snacks, air conditioning, and free wireless Internet were in great demand.
A friend who went kayaking this morning reported hearing lots of generators running on Mill Creek on the Severn River. This is a time when our backup systems are tested. (By the way, this Annapolis waterfront home for sale in Hillsmere has a backup generator!)
Another round of storms is expected this evening, so be prepared!
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