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Stormy weather accompanied by a tornado warning swept through the Colton’s Point area on Monday night, according to residents who awoke to fallen trees and 7th District volunteer firefighters who had just finished a weekly drill when the storm hit.
County dispatchers received calls beginning at about 9:20 p.m. that trees were coming down at Point Breeze Road in the community, followed by a report that electrical wires also were down at Beach Road, where 72-year-old Frederick N. Gass has lived most of his life in a two-story house that once belonged to his grandfather.
“There were a couple of trees down, and a lot of sticks, and shingles off the roof, ... two or three sections,” Gass said on Tuesday. As the storm came across the Potomac River from Virginia, he said, “I was hoping it would die out before it got here, but it didn’t. Everybody’s got some kind of damage.”
The 16 firefighters who went out during the storm contacted homeowners on Point Breeze Road, found large limbs on some residences and came across a boat that had been blown off a trailer, according to an online report by 7th District Fire Chief J.A. Nelson.
The National Weather Service issued a statement on Tuesday morning that it would conduct storm surveys in at least five Maryland areas, including Colton’s Point, before releasing an assessment of what type of weather event took place.
Gass said his electrical service was out for about five hours.
“The county has been here [with a contractor], and cleaned up the trees and gotten them out of the road,” he said.
“It blew hard,” he added, “but I don’t think it was as bad as it was a couple of weeks ago, [when] it twisted my house enough to crack a window. This [storm] shook the house, too, [but] I don’t think it moved as much.”