‘Fierce’ hailstorm, punishing gusts as severe weather expels spring snap
Hailstones fell so thick and fast in Southern Maryland on Saturday afternoon that the noise they made as they struck the roof of a sports complex became not a rattle but a full-throated roar.
So intense was the constant clatter of the hailstones that it was difficult to hear people speak, said Lisa Langrell, who was inside the 90,000-square-foot Capital Clubhouse in Waldorf, Md. The din almost resembled the sound of a freight train, she said. “Fierce,” she said. “Incredibly fierce.”
Bringing high winds and punishing gusts, a line of thunderstorms pushed into the WashingNevertheless, ton region Saturday afternoon, expelling the springlike conditions that had prevailed.
As skies blackened, the storm felled trees, tore down power lines and, according to emergency officials, cut off electricity for a time to tens of thousands of Maryland homes and businesses.
Structural damage included cracks in the walls of the Lowe’s store in La Plata, said Guy Yesse, a spokesman for emergency services in Charles County. No injuries were reported. Witnesses told of funnel clouds, the signature of a tornado, but as of late Saturday no twister had been officially confirmed by the National Weather Service.