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About 1,900 of St. Mary’s customers were without power

A tornado warning was issued for St. Mary’s County shortly after noon Friday, which was followed by a thunderstorm and high winds in the area.

Trees were blown down, knocking out electricity to some parts of St. Mary’s. But whether or not a tornado touched down was uncertain, Bob Kelly, director of the department of emergency services and technology, said after the storm had passed.

About 1,900 St. Mary’s customers were without power, including almost 1,000 in Leonardtown and about 800 in Drayden, according to the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative. There were also more than 5,700 customers without power in Lusby in Calvert County.

Several trees were reported down along Fairgrounds Road in Leonardtown, but the road was cleared by 1:30 p.m., Kelly said. “They got it cleared up really fast,” Kelly said of the responding volunteer firefighters.

“Fairgrounds Road, there was damage there,” he said, “There were no injuries. There were trees on houses, trees across the road.”

The traffic signal at Route 235 and Shady Mile Drive in California and signals on Route 5 at Fairgrounds Road and in front of Leonardtown High School also were knocked out by the severe thunderstorm.

The National Weather Service office in Sterling, Va. has been contacted to investigate if damage was caused by a tornado or by strong thunderstorm winds.

JASON BABCOCK