Midwest, Mid-Atlantic see storms

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE, MD | May 27, 2001


Severe storms ripped through both the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic late Friday and Saturday.

In Fort Wayne, IN, a tornado ripped the roof off a retirement complex, forcing evacuation of some 45 people, according to Fort

Wayne police reports. Minor injuries were reported.

Police were setting up a temporary shelter for evacuees. The tornado also caused damages to some Fort Wayne businesses and

damaged several vehicles as well. Emergency crews were cleaning up debris on Saturday and Sunday.

The city also reported several fires and gas leaks.

Maryland also saw severe storms late Friday and ongoing heavy rain Saturday heightened concerns over flooding, according to

emergency management reports.

Severe thunderstorms that moved through the state brought 75-mph winds and possible tornadoes, as well as flash flooding.

Several thousand homes were without power Friday night but most had electricity back by Saturday. In Prince George's County, two bridges were washed

away. Trees were down across wide sections of the state.

Wind damage to barns and homes was reported in St. Mary's, Charles, Calvert, and Prince George's counties. Residents in Charles County reported sighting

two tornadoes.


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