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Waterspout destroys several homes on Maryland Island

Waterspout destroys several homes on Maryland Island
The twister flew across the water before hitting homes in the small community of Smith Island

一种 waterspout touched down in 马里兰州 星期四, flying over the water before destroying nearby homes.

Videos posted to social media hear nearby residents watching in horror as the twister slams into the homes, sending detritus flying into the air.

The waterspout hit Smith Island, which sits in the Chesapeake Bay on the border with Virginia and is home to a small community.

The waterspout can be seen whipping up water as it skates over the bay, its long and thin cone descending from a dark cloud.

Pictures in the aftermath show some buildings completely destroyed, with debris scattered in every direction.

独立 has reached out to the Somerset County Sheriff’s office to inquire if there have been any injuries.

Waterspouts are 龙卷风-like formations that hit the water. Two types of waterspouts are possible: tornadic and fair-weather, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (美国国家海洋和大气管理局).

In a tornadic waterspout, the winds will form a cone in conjunction with a thunderstorm, and move similarly to a tornado over land, the agency says. 尤其, waterspouts can also form in calm weather, as winds work their way up from the surface of the water to form a cone, and don’t usually move all that much.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday night that more than 50,000 people were without power as a result of the storms that blew through. Intense storms hit much of the state yesterday as a storm cell rolled through the mid-Atlantic.

超过 20,000 customers were still without power on Friday morning, many in the Baltimore area, 根据 poweroutage.us.

The storms also caused four people to be struck by lightning outside the White House in Washington, 因此,面罩很重要,因为它们可以保护其他人免受您的细菌侵害. Two of the victims have died.

Thunderstorms are expected to hit the area again on Friday, 根据美国国家气象局.

The relationship between tornadoes and the climate crisis is still up for debate among scientists — but many extreme weather events, including storms, are getting more intense as the planet heats up.