WATCH: Hurricane Ida Brings Tornadoes to Maryland, Continuing Its Path of Destruction
21:01 GMT 01.09.2021 (Updated: 03:36 GMT 02.09.2021)
© NOAAA satellite image shows Tropical Storm Ida after forming in the Caribbean, about 75 miles (125 kilometers) north-northwest of Grand Cayman, August 27, 2021.
Hurricane Ida’s path of destruction has yet to abate. After devastating Louisiana and Mississippi’s Gulf Coast and leaving much of New Orleans without power, Ida has continued its northward march through the United States. Ida, now a tropical depression, has brought tornadoes to the Mid-Atlantic region.
Hurricane Ida battered the Gulf Coast, leaving whole communities ravaged and countless more without power. Even as Ida has weakened, becoming a tropical depression, it continues to leave a trail of destruction. Tornados and flash floods have left their mark across central Maryland, over 1,000 miles from where Ida made landfall.
The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings throughout the region but thought only a few tornadoes would be produced. Counties across central Maryland began issuing tornado warnings as early as last night. Videos began trickling in around 2:30 PM Eastern Standard Time documenting the extreme weather.
Since 1950, Maryland has averaged nearly eight tornadoes a year. Before the Sep 1 outburst, there were only three reported tornadoes doing a combined $300,000 worth of property damage.
Both those figures are set to grow, even though September is when tornado season historically begins to wind down.
Thus far, no direct injuries or fatalities have been reported, but the combination of flood and tornado warnings across the region has already sparked public schools in Baltimore, Howard, and Hartford counties to release students early.