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Remnants of Ida batter Maryland with tornadoes, heavy flooding

The storms caused downed power lines, a gas leak and roofs ripped off homes. A pair of tornadoes touched down in Maryland Wednesday.

WASHINGTON — Residents across the DMV will look to pick up the pieces and assess damage Thursday after remnants of Ida slammed the region Wednesday, hitting Maryland particularly hard. 

Severe storms and heavy downpours throughout Wednesday left some areas in the region with flooding, downed trees, power outages and prompted a few school closures. 

At least two tornadoes touched down Wednesday afternoon in Maryland, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The first touch-down occurred near Allens Fresh in Charles County. No damage has been reported as of Thursday morning. 

NWS said another tornado touched down near Londowntowne in Anne Arundel County, registering as 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.

One fatality has been reported in relation to the storms. A 19-year-old drowned early Wednesday morning after his Rockville apartment completely flooded. 

RELATED: Family identifies 19-year-old who died in Rockville apartment flooding

Here's a timeline of how the storm unfolded Wednesday into Thursday:

Thursday 9/2

3:05 p.m.: According to the City of Annapolis, 38 people were displaced with 3 buildings destroyed, 24 condemned, 26 structures had major damage, and 49 with minor damage. 

11:15 a.m. -- Here are the latest rain totals from Ida's impact in the DMV region. Some areas reached up to six inches of rain:

9:30 a.m.-- Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tours parts of Anne Arundel County catching a glimpse of the damage left behind following Wednesday's storms.  

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8:10 a.m. --  A missing resident of the Rock Creek Woods apartment complex in Rockville has been located safe and unharmed. Montgomery County Police said the resident was out of state and has communicated with police.

7:16 a.m. -- Several roads are closed in Montgomery County due to Wednesday's storm. Officials said Arctic Avenue from Russett Road to Arctic Terrace is closed. Sligo Creek Parkway from Wayne Avenue to Colesville Road is also closed. And Route 29 West Willard Avenue past Isaac Walton Way is shut down. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes.

7:10 a.m. -- Crews were spotted in the area preparing to clean up much of West Street in Anne Arundel County where hundreds of neighbors were left with serious damage from Wednesday storms.

6:53 a.m. -- Frederick County Public Schools will be closed Thursday. Officials said offices will be opening on a 2-hour delay. All FCPS and community-group afterschool & evening activities are canceled or postponed. 

TOP STORY: FCPS Superintendent apologizes after students are rescued from school bus stuck on flooded bridge

6:48 a.m. -- Flooding has shut down Woodbourne Road in Annadale, Va. The road is closed at Spicewood Drive.

6:31 a.m. -- WUSA9's Nicole DiAntonio is on West Street outside of Annapolis in Anne Arundel County where about 100 different homes have severe damage due to Wednesday's storm. She said a tree was uprooted and several residents are left without power. Many neighbors woke Thursday morning to assess the damage in their neighborhood.

6:11 a.m.-- We spoke to a resident in Anne Arundel County who said there was so much devastation and she had never seen something like this in Annapolis. 

"For it to come through here and do this much devastation I don't even have the words," said Jackie."I woke to helicopters flying over..."

4:40 a.m. -- A fallen tree has shut down both ways of Maryland Route 97 at Georgia Avenue between MD-650 and Tridelphia Lake Road.

4:37 a.m. -- Roads are closed on Sligo Creek Parkway between University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue and Beach Drive between Garrett Park Road and the MD-DC line.

4:15 a.m. -- Maintenance crews are at South River High School in Edgewater, Md. cleaning up damage to parts of the school building in preparation for the first day of school next week. 

12:30 a.m. - Dominion Energy's power outage map shows just slightly more than 900 customers without power. Pepco's outage map shows 186 customers affected. There is still no confirmation on when the remaining outages will be fixed.

RELATED: Roof blown off of Edgewater home by tornado

RELATED: Maryland high school sees significant damage to sports fields by a tornado

Wednesday 9/1

10 p.m. - According to Maryland State Police, officers responded to 163 crashes, 34 disabled/abandoned vehicles and answered 789 calls for help when the remnants of Hurricane Ida hit the DMV. 

7:15 p.m. - Dominion Energy's power outage map showed more than 7,000 customers without power. Pepco's outage map showed 352 customers affected. There is still no confirmation on when the remaining outages will be fixed.

6:10 p.m. - Flood water overtook Baker Park in Frederick, Maryland 

5:30 p.m. - The Frederick County PIO confirmed that, due to the number of water rescues in the county, school buses would be sent back to schools and parents will need to now make arrangements to pick up their students. There had been a total of 83 road closures between flooding/construction in Frederick County, according to the fire department. The team received 17 water rescue calls and 39 flooding condition service calls in the last 24 hours. 

"Please avoid travel as the next band of heavy rain is coming through!!" they said in a statement.

5:20 p.m. - A number of metro stations closed with shuttle bus replacements on the Green and Yellow lines. Click here for details

"Metro’s Emergency Operations Center has been activated to continue managing the storm response and coordinate additional resources that can rapidly deploy to weather-related incidents as necessary. We also have extra maintenance teams on standby at strategic locations across the system to respond to any operational issues," WMATA confirmed in a statement.

4:50 p.m. - The Frederick County Sheriff's Office conducted a water rescue on Old Frederick Road at Lloyd Station, where a car was stranded in floodwater. Drivers were encouraged to stay off roads in the county, as water was constantly rising. View their message in the video below.

4:40 p.m. - Dominion Energy's power outage map showed 7,092 customers without power, up a few thousand from 12:30 p.m. Pepco's outage map showed 483 customers affected, which was a decrease of more than one thousand since 12:30 p.m. 

4:27 p.m. -  A football stadium faced major damage at South River High School in Edgewater, Maryland after Wednesday afternoon's tornado touchdown. 

RELATED: Maryland high school sees significant damage to sports fields by a tornado

Credit: WUSA9 Eric Flack

Just behind the school, the Center of Applied Technology South also faced damaged during the day's storms. A school spokesperson said that a school board meeting was happening at the time, but no one was hurt.  

4:20 p.m. -  A 1/4 mile stretch of West Street in Annapolis was evacuated due to a gas leak and power line damage. Army and Air Force recruiters helped with evacuations. 

"I can smell the natural gas additive in the air," WUSA9's Adam Longo tweeted from the scene.

Credit: WUSA9 Adam Longo

4:10 P.M. - A roof was ripped off of a house in the South River Colony in Edgewater, Anne Arundel County, Maryland. The scene is pictured below. The county faced a touched-down tornado just before 2:30 p.m.Wednesday.

RELATED: Roof blown off of Edgewater home by tornado

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4:10 p.m. - Mount St. Mary’s Seminary/University had water inside several buildings, including the basement of Immaculate Conception Chapel and the first floor of Delaplaine Fine Arts Center after flash floods hit the campus.  

4:00 p.m. - From 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Maryland State Police responded to 92 crashes and 22 disabled/abandoned vehicles and answered 568 calls for service. 

RELATED: Students rescued from school bus stuck on flooded bridge in Frederick County

3:49 p.m. -  The Frederick County Sheriff's Office confirmed the water rescue of a third school bus on IAO New Design Road and Mountville Road, involving 12 students and their driver. All were successfully rescued.

3:24 p.m. - The City of Annapolis tweeted that West Street was closed between Chinquapin Round and Route 2 due to storm damage. "AVOID THE AREA," their post reads.

Credit: Steve Adams with AA Econ. Dev. Corp

3:18 p.m. - At least 15 roads were closed in Frederick County. Click here for the full list. Multiple water rescues have taken place.

3:17 p.m. - A Tornado Warning for Edgewood, Aberdeen and Perryman Maryland was issued. 

3:07 p.m. - The Frederick County Sheriff's Office executed a water rescue involving a school bus at IAO Hiney Road and Legore Road. All occupants were successfully rescued

2:59 p.m. - A water rescue of a school bus stuck on Hessong Bridge Road and Blacks Mill Road has been confirmed by the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. Rescuers used boats to ferry 10 students and one driver to safety.

Credit: WUSA9 Photographer Mario Vizcarra Coloma

2:30 p.m. - A Flash Flood Warning was issued for Frederick and Carroll counties.

2:29 p.m. - Green Line Alert: Train service was temporarily suspended between Branch Ave and Suitland as a safety precaution. Metrobus K12 was available between Suitland and Branch Ave, according to WMATA.

2:19 p.m. - A tornado touched down in Anne Arundel County near Londowntowne, moving through downtown Annapolis, according to NWS.

RELATED: Tornadoes touch down in Charles County, Anne Arundel County as remnants of Ida hit southern Maryland

2 p.m. - A Tornado Warning was issued for Anne Arundel County. 

1:59 p.m. - Decatur Road in Stafford County was closed as crews work to remove a downed tractor-trailer, pictured below, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Credit: Stafford County Sheriff's Office Twitter Page

1:50 p.m. - A tornado touched down near Allens Fresh in Charles County, Maryland, according to the NWS. No damage has been reported yet.

1:37 p.m. - The following roads in Fairfax County were either shut down or experiencing traffic impacts due to weather damage caused by storms and rain Wednesday: 

  • Poplar Tree Road and Walney Road, closed due to downed tree
  • Woodburn Road and Spicewood Drive closed due to flooding 
  • Browns Mill Road and Pennycress Lane, closed due to downed tree
  • Beach Mill Road and Clubview Drive, closed due to downed tree
  • Leigh Mill Road and Kelso Road, closed due to flooding

1:10 p.m. - A Tornado Warning was issued for Prince George's and Charles County until 1:45 p.m.

12:55 p.m. - A Tornado Warning was issued for King George County, Virginia until 1:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m. - Dominion Energy's power outage map showed 3,554 customers without power. Pepco's outage map showed 1,505 customers affected. There is no word on when power will be restored.

Click here to check the Dominion Energy outages in your area.

Click here to check the Pepco outages in your area.

11:45 a.m. - A Tornado Watch was issued for the entire DMV until 7 p.m.

11:34 a.m. - Montgomery County Public Schools announced that it will dismiss students 2.5 early due to the severe weather. 

RELATED: 1 dead, another missing after strong storms flood apartments in Rockville; several residents rescued

11:18 a.m. - A 19-year-old died at the Rock Creek Woods Apartment Complex and one person is still unaccounted after heavy flooding, the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue spokesperson said. 

11 a.m. - A Flash Flood Watch was issued for the entire DMV, from Wednesday to 8 a.m. Thursday. 

Click here to see the complete forecast.

Click here to check out our interactive radar.




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