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'Seek Shelter Immediately': Maryland Police Issue Tornado Warning - Statement

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A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Baltimore, Columbia and Glen Burnie until 4 pm local time, bringing the possibility of hail, damaging winds and frequent lightning, local media reported Thursday.

According to the National Weather Service, around 3:30 pm local time, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Columbia and is expected to move east, the Baltimore Sun newspaper reported.

Meanwhile, Baltimore police have issued a tornado warning for the University of Maryland, urging everyone to "seek shelter immediately".

US Meteorologists say that an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out due to strong wind speed variations and an unstable atmosphere expected to predominate this afternoon, and continue throughout the evening, the National Weather Service said, cited by the Baltimore Sun.

Local authorities reportedly recommended that Maryland residents prepare for the potentially severe weather by having multiple ways to receive warnings and a plan for taking shelter.

In April, tornadoes and storms in southern US states reportedly killed at least eight people, including children, and left about 100,000 residential and commercial buildings without electricity.

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