Officials: Tornado May Have Touched Down at BWI
National Weather Service officials also reported the sighting of a funnel cloud in Severn on Friday.
The National Weather Service (NWS) reported a tornado inside the perimeter of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on Friday evening, as well as the sighting of a funnel cloud in the sky over Severn.
According to a summary on its website, the NWS said a trained spotter reported the funnel cloud in Severn at 6:08 p.m. Friday.
At 7:19 p.m., operators in the air traffic control towers at BWI Airport reported a tornado, as well as tree debris.
A NWS public affairs officer said an official determination as to whether a tornado actually touched down would be made sometime Saturday.
BWI Airport spokesman Jonathan Dean told The Capital that there was no damage to airport facilities, but that there have been extensive flight delays.
A tornado watch remained in effect until 2 a.m. Saturday for parts of Maryland, including Anne Arundel County. The NWS also warned that heavy rains could lead to flash flooding.