CENTREVILLE — The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado by radar in Queenstown Tuesday, Aug. 4, during Tropical Storm Isaias, according to Queen Anne’s County Emergency Services Director Scott Haas. Fortunately, it only touched down in one spot and mostly avoided houses and businesses, he said.
The tornado passed over near Del Rhodes Avenue passing by the county animal shelter, toppling over a tractor trailer on Route 301 and continuing past the outlet center and beyond, touching down briefly along Stagwell Road off Carmichael, Haas said.
Along the way it took out power lines, trees and “left some cool swirl marks in cornfields,” he said. Power was still out in that area Thursday afternoon, Aug. 6.
Besides the tractor trailer driver, the closest call to injuring anyone occurred with a county paramedic unit that was headed down Carmichael Road when the tornado passed. A tree fell in front of the ambulance, blocking the way, Haas said. When the driver went to back up to turn around, another tree fell behind the ambulance.
The county’s Public Works department and Queenstown Volunteer Fire Department came to the rescue, clearing the way to the residence where the paramedics were headed, Haas said. They were delayed about 15 minutes but were able to reach the patient, and everything turned out all right.
Rainfall in the county during Isaias ranged from a low of 4.83 inches at Starkey Corner, near Church Hill, to a high of 7.24 inches in Grasonville, according to the National Weather Service in Mt. Holly, N.J. The highest wind gust recorded in the county was 71 mph in Grasonville.
A wind gust of 85 mph was reported at the Bay Bridge, according to Kelly Melhem, Maryland Transportation Authority spokesman. The bridge was closed to traffic for around three hours Aug. 4 due to sustained high winds.
Flooding in the county was nothing out of the ordinary, no more than the high tides experienced last year, Hass said. There was high water in all the usual spots — several places along Route 18 flooded, by the Kent Island Yacht Club and near the Kent Narrows bridge.
Both Delmarva Power and Choptank Electric reported electricity restored to all local customers by Thursday night, Aug. 6.
Also Thursday, Public Works announced fees would be waived at all Queen Anne’s County transfer stations for storm debris through Saturday, Aug. 15. The size limit of debris being accepted is 4 inches in diameter by 6 feet in length.