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NWS: Annapolis hit with EF-2 tornado

The twister was 200 yards wide and its path spanned more than 11 miles, the National Weather Service reports.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The National Weather Service says a tornado that touched down in Annapolis Wednesday was an EF-2. 

The tornado hit the ground in Anne Arundel County around 2 p.m. and lasted for 23 minutes.

According to a tweet from the National Weather Service, winds peaked at 125 miles per hour during the tornado. The twister was 200 yards wide and its path spanned more than 11 miles.

In Edgewater, damage from the strong winds and tornado hit homes, schools and businesses.

According to a tweet from the City of Annapolis, planning and zoning building inspectors believe 38 people were displaced during the storm. Three buildings were destroyed, 24 condemned, 26 structures were majorly damaged and 49 received minor damage. However, inspectors do expect those numbers to rise. 

The roof of one home was blown off by the tornado. The homeowner told WUSA9 that the house will likely have to be demolished due to the damage.

Videos from Niko Athanitis show how the tornado ripped through Chris's Charcoal Pit, a Greek/Italian restaurant.

At South River High School, the sports fields were hit hard by the storm. Pictures show the school's football stadium took a lot of damage. 

A mother of two took shelter in an Edgewater pizza place after spotting a tornado in the distance while driving down Route 2. 

"We drove like the fast and furious driver, off to the side of the road, into Ledo's Pizza," explained Laura Martien.

Once inside, she was able to capture video of the tornado as it twisted around.


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