BALTIMORE, MD — Severe thunderstorms swept across part of Maryland on Thursday, with a brief tornado warning for a couple of counties before the weather settled down. Emergency officials say it’s a good time to make sure your family has a plan to find shelter before the next outbreak of damaging storms or tornadoes take aim at the area; be sure flashlights have fresh batteries, cell phones are charged and vehicles have plenty of gas.
Here’s some weather facts to know:
A thunderstorm is considered severe when it exhibits one or more of the following:
Large hail (hailstones that are one inch diameter or greater, so hail the size of a quarter or larger fits this criterion).
Wind gusts of 58 mph or greater.