Thirty local and state agencies answered the distress call for Queen Anne’s County when a tornado touched down early Monday night, and Ocean City was one of them.
Emergency Services Management Coordinator Bob Rhode was deployed to Stevensville around 6 a.m., hours after an F2 tornado touched down on Kent Island. The twister traveled on the ground roughly two miles near Stevensville around 1:30 a.m., bringing 125 mph winds and torrential rain.
One person was injured by flying debris during the storm. Several wood-framed townhomes had the upper floors entirely lifted off along with the roof and several other homes had either roofs lifted off and tossed or received other damage, according to the National Weather Service.
“The damage was substantial, comparable to other situations I’ve seen,” said Rhode, who has worked with Ocean City emergency services for roughly 30 years. “Thankfully, there were only two businesses damaged, and one had insurance. The other was a fruit stand, and they’re out for the summer. It’s mainly the houses that were damaged from trees falling on them and the winds. We’re trying to get a grasp of how many.”