American Red Cross responds to tornado in Kent Island

QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY, Md. - The American Red Cross continues to respond to a tornado on Kent Island on Monday afternoon.

American Red Cross responders are currently on site at the Kent Island Fire Hall supporting a Reception Center at the request of Emergency Management. Meals and water are being offered along with mental health support. Due to power lines and other road closures, officials are not able to access a majority of the damaged areas.

A shelter was opened at Centreville Middle School by the local Department of Social Services. The Red Cross is helping with supplies. Any questions can be directed to the Queen Anne County Department of Emergency Services.

Two Red Cross ERV'S (Emergency Response Vehicles) are on location and they are offering mobile feeding and water distribution to the effected communities that they can access.

Very few residents have gone to the Reception Center and have decided to stay with friends because of road closures and downed wires.


Maryland state agencies are helping local officials in Queen Anne's County after a severe storm cell struck the Bay City and Stevensville area of Kent Island early Monday morning.

State personnel were at the scene of the storms impact throughout the day and are still on the scene to help with assessing the damage and determining any resources that the state can offer to area residents.

Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford visited Stevensville on Monday morning where he met with local leaders and residents, and toured the affected area. Governor Hogan says, "Lt. Governor Rutherford and I extend our support to the Kent Island community in the wake of last night's severe weather, which caused damage to multiple homes and buildings and left thousands of residents without power. The state stands ready to assist in any way needed as the community works to rebuild."

Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford says, "On behalf of Governor Hogan and our entire administration, I want to offer our sincerest thanks to our first responders for their tremendous work helping to get this community back on its feet."

State and local personnel will reportedly continue assessing damage, clearing debris, and helping displaced residents throughout the day. Utility crews will be working to bring back power and fix downed power lines. All those in the area, or trying to travel through the area, are being told to use caution and follow any warnings from local officials.

Statewide actions include the following:
Maryland Emergency Management Agency
•    Increased State Response Activation level to Enhanced to facilitate resource support. Coordinating all requests for state support and tasks conducted by state agencies.
•    Coordinating with Queen Anne's County since early Monday morning to provide assistance to local emergency managers.
•    Staffing regional liaison officers in Queen Anne's County Emergency Operations Center to facilitate State-to-local support.
•    Monitoring approximately 6,600 power outages statewide as of 2:15 PM, down from a peak of 14,805 outages statewide.
•    Establishing contact with federal Small Business Administration to determine any federal assistance that can be sought following damage assessments.

Maryland State Police
•    Assumed lead as law enforcement coordination with assistance from Queen Anne's Sheriff, Maryland Transportation Authority Police, and Maryland Natural Resources Police
•    Created Command Post at Mowbray Park, 629 Romancoke Road, Stevensville, Maryland
•    Deployed 25 sworn and civilian personnel to help with manning traffic posts, patrolling residential and business areas, conducting welfare checks and escorting utility vehicles into the impacted areas.
•    Offered aerial surveillance to help damage assessment.
•    Resources used: Special Operations Command, Aviation, Motor Unit, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division and barrack personnel from the Eastern Troop.

Maryland Department of Transportation
•    More than 70 State Highway Administration (SHA) and Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) crews and 35 SHA trucks (front-end loaders, dump trucks, heavy equipment) responded to US 50, MD 8, MD 18 and other areas to provide assistance. 
•    SHA provided response from three SHA maintenance shops in Centreville, Easton and Chestertown, as well as CHART personnel from the Statewide Operations Center.
•    MDTA Police provided traffic direction and MDTA maintenance crews provided an additional portable message sign on MD 8.
•    MDOT will continue to support cleanup efforts into the night.

Maryland Department of Human Services
•    Queen Anne's County Department of Social Services staff on hand to manage Friends and Family Reunification Centers at Centreville Middle School (231 Ruthsburg Road, Centreville, MD 21617) and Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department (1610 Main Street, Chester, MD 21619).
•    Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles are on location and are providing mobile feeding and water distribution to the affected communities.
•    Impacted residents who need transportation to one of the Emergency Shelters may call 410-758-2357 to receive transportation.

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
•    Coordinating with the Department of Human Services to assess need of rental assistance for displaced residents.
•    Will activate disaster recovery loan and grant programs as needed to assist small businesses, homeowners and renters.


U.S Senator Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) have released a statement in regards to the tornado that touched down on Kent Island on Monday morning.

"Our thoughts are with the people of Stevensville on Kent Island today as they recover from last night's storm and possible tornado. We appreciate the speed and skill of the first responders and all those working to return the community to a sense of normalcy in the aftermath of such sudden destruction. Our offices already have been in contact with local and state officials to offer support and any guidance as they begin damage assessments. If state officials deem it appropriate, we will lead Team Maryland to express our strong support for a federal disaster declaration to make federal funding available for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by storm."


The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, NJ has confirmed that a tornado near Stevensville in Queen Anne's County on Monday morning.

Officials say that a waterspout developed over the Chesapeake Bay between Annapolis and Stevensville, 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 1:29 AM in the Bay City area of Kent Island and then traveled northeast toward Stevensville where it lifted at 1:33 AM after being on the ground for two miles.

Maximum winds were estimated at 125 mph which makes this an E-F2 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 National Weather Service office on Monday evening. Officials say that they would like to thank the County officials in Queen Anne's County for their coordination and assistance in conducting the survey.

The information can be found here.

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


Delmarva Power officials say that crews are working as safely and as fast as possible to restore electric service to customers affected by Monday morning's unconfirmed tornado that brought down trees and caused extensive damage in the Stevensville and Grasonville areas.

Delmarva Power crews have brought back service to more than 3,000 customers since the storm began. Crews will resume working around the clock until service is restored to the 6,000 customers who are still without service.

The extreme weather resulted in damage to Delmarva Power's Stevensville substation including two major electric lines that feed the substation. In addition, five large steel poles and multiple local electric distribution poles were knocked down due to these extreme winds.

Delmarva Power is working with the local authorities and the Queen Anne County of Emergency Management.

Crews continue to examine the extent of the damage that happened to the electric system and they will continue working to restore service to customers.

An estimated time of restoration for all customers is pending. Officials say that they understand the loss of power can be difficult and they appreciate the patience and understanding of customers as they work to restore service.

Customers should assume that all downed wires are energized. They ask customers to stay away from and report any downed wires. To report an outage or downed wire, call 1-800-375-7117, or report and track an outage through their mobile app or on their website.

People can find more information here, on Facebook and on Twitter. Their mobile app is also available here.


Maryland Transportation Authority and local law enforcement are putting in place the Route 18/ Bay Bridge emergency plan at this time.

Officials are trying their best to clear the traffic jams on Stevensville. Officials say that the ramp from 50 Eastbound to Route 8 will be closed. The ramp from 50 Westbound to Route 8 will only permit northbound traffic.

The ramp off 50 to Duke Street will be closed. If you live south on Route 8 coming east you will need to take the Thompson Creek exit and use the access road to Route 8 where residents will be screened.

Coming west you will need to take Route 8 north and then turn around in the business park to hit Route 8 south.


Officials say that only one person suffered a minor injury and was transported to the hospital after a severe weather event, potentially a tornado, hit Stevensville in the Bay City area around 1:30 AM on Monday.

Multiple calls for structural collapses, trees down, inside and outside gas leaks along with transformer failures flooded the 911 center. Fire/rescue companies from Queen Anne's County, Queen Anne's County DES, Anne Arundel County, Kent County, Maryland, Talbot County, Caroline County along with Kent County, Delaware responded and mitigated emergency and area searches.

Delmarva Power is at the scene along with building inspectors and multiple other resources. Delmarva Power is reporting about 7,044 residents within the Stevensville area without power. An emergency shelter is open and staffed at Centreville Middle School.

A family reunification site has been set up at the Kent Island Fire Department.

To sign up for citizen alerts, counties emergency text and email system, people can visit here and click on the Citizen Alert button. For more updates, people can follow Q.A.C.D.E.S on Facebook and Twitter.


Severe weather and a possible tornado overnight caused some power outages in Queen Anne's County and Kent County, mainly on Kent Island.

At last check, Delmarva Power, estimated about 2,500 customers in Stevensville without power.

According to the National Weather Service, there were reports of multiple roofs torn off from homes, boats being tossed around, and a house fire.

Queen Anne's County department of emergency services declared a warning around 3:30 AM for residents to take in place shelter. They also advised anyone in need of shelter to go to Kent Island High School or Centreville Middle School starting at 6:30 AM at  231 Ruthsburg Road,  Centreville, Maryland. Pets are allowed at the shelters.

Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department also reported to a “large incident” around 3:30 AM.

Officials asked for all residents to stay in their homes.


The Bay Bridge was temporarily put on hold to traffic flow around 2 AM. It was re-opened an hour later. For more information on the Bay Bridge call 1-877- BAY SPAN.

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