The National Weather Service confirms that an EF1 tornado touched down one mile (1.4km) south-southeast of Columbia, Maryland on Thursday. The tornado came as severe storms rumbled through the Baltimore area, toppling trees, causing power outages and keeping students from going home from some schools.
The Baltimore Sun reports some schools in Howard and Baltimore counties held students past dismissal until the storm passed. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County also warned students to shelter in place, and put its 4 p.m. commencement ceremony on hold.
Baltimore Gas and Electric reported more than 7,000 customers were without power in the late afternoon. Outages were also reported in Anne Arundel County.
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