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Tornado Warnings were issued in numerous locations.

Several Tornado Warnings were issued in St. Mary's County late Thursday night. However, as of early Friday morning, the damage was minor.

ST. MARY’S COUNTY, MARYLAND (AP) — Prior to the arrival of Tropical Storm Elsa, St. Mary’s County announced the State of Emergency. It came just hours before the National Weather Service issued numerous Tornado Warnings for the county late Thursday night.

As the storm moves out of Maryland and up the East Coast, a Flash Flood Warning was issued for St. Mary’s County late Thursday and into Friday. As of Friday morning, all flood watches and warnings have been withdrawn or canceled.

As the Tornado Warning for the area went into force, emergency sirens went off in Leonardtown, Md. WUSA9 reported rain and heavy winds as Elsa approached the area.

Elsa passed through late Thursday evening, causing very few power disruptions and damage, according to Leonardtown officials who spoke to WUSA9.

The National Hurricane Center issued Tropical Storm Warnings for St. Mary’s and Calvert counties, but they were lifted at 2 a.m. Friday.

The declaration of a State of Emergency empowered St. Mary’s County Commissioner President James R. Guy to “take such steps as are required to maximize the preservation of life and property, including the ability to order the evacuation of areas.”

Prior to the storm, St. Mary’s County distributed sandbags to six distinct community landmarks on Thursday.

 

Residents in St. Mary’s County should also be aware of their evacuation zone depending on their street address. The county has developed a “Know Your Zone” application to assist you in locating zones and avoiding unnecessary evacuation travel and congestion at local storm shelters.