MD SMITH ISLAND A large waterspout that smashed ashore on a small island in Maryland on Thursday caused major damage, including the loss of numerous homes, as seen in dramatic video footage of the event.
On Smith Island, which is located in the Chesapeake Bay, Katherine Donaway, who captured the above video, exclaimed, “That is a massive waterspout! “Observe how large that is! It has just passed the island and is preparing to enter the channel.”
A waterspout is regarded as a tornado once it touches down on land because it is no longer over water.
The house just across from where Donaway captured the startling video was destroyed moments later as the strong tornado tore it to pieces.
“My God! My God! “She yelled as she dashed inside to find safety.
Tiffanie Woutila also captured the tornado’s impact on Smith Island in the video down below. When Woutila is seen rushing outdoors to survey the tornado’s damage, she discovers that the area is littered with debris that the tornado’s strong winds have hurled around.
Additionally, people can be seen searching through the wreckage of their demolished homes for their personal possessions.
On August 4, authorities stated that a waterspout on Smith Island in Maryland had caused severe damage. Rhodes Point wreckage and demolished residences can be seen in a video released by Tiffanie Woutila.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued a warning to citizens to remain inside in a statement on Twitter after learning of the destruction on Smith Island.
In the affected areas, especially where crews need to clear trees, he urged people to avoid the roads.
On Thursday, August 4, 2022, a waterspout that was crashing ashore as a tornado caused damage on Smith Island, Maryland. Tiffany Woutila
Hogan also mentioned that the violent storms caused more than 50,000 power disruptions in Maryland.
Although a Special Weather Statement for Smith Island had been issued by the National Weather Service office in Wakefield, Virginia, warning of wind gusts up to 45 mph, it did not mention the potential for a waterspout or tornado.
Less than 300 people live on Smith Island in Maryland, which is made up of the three separate settlements of Tylerton, Rhodes Point, and Ewell at the Virginia border in the Chesapeake Bay. It is located little over 12 miles off the Delmarva Peninsula’s shore.
Smith Island can only be reached by boat because there are no airports or bridges there. The island is connected to Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Western Shore by passenger ferries .
According to FOX News, the island has just lost hundreds of residents and thousands of acres due to considerable erosion brought on by sea level rise. The island, which was first colonized in the 17th century, had a lot of vacant homes.
The Maryland government proposed in 2013 to utilize Superstorm Sandy recovery funds to purchase the last remaining homeowners on the island.