A severe storm wreaks havoc across Maryland

It was fast, but it was furious.

A severe storm wreaked havoc across much of the state, leaving thousands without power, extensive property damage and the death of a boy in Carroll County in its wake Tuesday night.

A camper was killed while hiking through the woods in Carroll County . High-speed wind toppled a tree that killed the boy and injured eight fellow campers.

The storm’s destructive power also brought down a decades-old tree that destroy a Maryland Transportation Authority police vehicle and damaged other cars and homes on Glouchester Court.

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A neighbor said that fortunately no one was injured.

A large tree limb narrowly missed damaging two cars parked on Maryland Avenue in Baltimore City. Janis Girven, a woman who lives in the neighborhood, said the tree came about 8 inches from slamming into two cars.

Maryland utilities Baltimore Gas and Electric and Pepco deployed crews throughout the state to restore power to tens of thousands of customers. By midnight, BGE had restored power to 43,000 customers, although 35,000 remained in the dark.

Well-known Baltimore community leader Marvin L. 'Doc' Cheatham, Sr. said lightning struck a large tree in the 1700 block of North Payson Street.

He said the tree fell on a car and damaged a home on the even side of the street.

“Baltimore City Police are to be commended for their quick response,” he added in an email.

As the storm passed, all eyes (and cameras) turned to the sky.

A rainbow and even a “double rainbow” hung over the Baltimore skyline. Storm clouds gave way to a brilliant burnt orange and purple haze over the state, captured by ABC2 News viewers.

 

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