'Nastiest Severe Storm I've Ever Seen': Thunderstorm Lashes Maryland

A severe thunderstorm struck Bel Air, in northern Maryland, on July 12, downing power lines and uprooting trees, according to local media.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northeast Maryland. It warned of wind gusts up to 60 mph and hailstones as large as quarters.

Giovanni Rizzotti recorded this footage while taking shelter inside a health club in Bel Air. In the video he is warned to stay away from the glass and a voice describes it as the “nastiest severe storm I’ve ever seen.”

Another person is heard saying she thinks there might be a tornado. Media reported that four possible tornado locations were reported to the NWS, but there had not yet been official confirmation of a tornado touchdown.

Local media reported the storm downed trees and left some homes without power. Credit: Giovanni Rizzotti via Storyful

Video transcript

- Inside. Come on. Inside. Inside!

- Sorry. Sorry about that.

- Come on.

- Sorry about that.


- This is the nastiest severe storm I've ever seen before. Oh, my goodness!

- [INAUDIBLE] right now [INAUDIBLE]. [INAUDIBLE] Get in here. Get away from [INAUDIBLE].

- Everybody [INAUDIBLE] to go around the side, everybody.


- I think it's a tornado. [INAUDIBLE].

- Yeah, they're not letting anybody leave.


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