The National Weather Service (NWS) issued another tornado warning, after telling residents in Virginia that a tornado could strike. The tornado warning includes Westminster and Manchester, in Maryland, until 8.15pm EDT (3.15am BST). The National Weather Service (NWS) said “damaging wind gusts” could be caused by an isolated tornado.
Heavy rains and thunderstorms are also threatening to savage the area.
The NWS reported: “This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for eastern West Virginia, northern and central Virginia, and central and western Maryland with the exception of Garrett County.
“A Tornado Watch is in effect for the entire outlook area until 3AM.
“Two rounds of showers and scattered thunderstorms are expected this evening and overnight.
“The main severe weather threats are damaging wind gusts and an isolated tornado.
“Heavy rain in thunderstorms may lead to isolated instances of flooding.”
Residents have been told to watch out for dark, rotating clouds.
If one is seen, people should take shelter immediately, the NWS added.
Locals should listen out for tornado sirens, avoid unnecessary car trips and bring in outdoor furniture and other items that could flow away.
They are also being advised that if a tornado does strike to keep windows closed and stay away from them, go to the basement or lowest floor of the house and if outside, people should lie down low and cover heads with hands.
The NWS says that Monday through to Saturday residents in those areas should expect isolated wind damage possibly tomorrow.
It adds that gusts of wind up to 50mph could ravage parts of western Maryland, eastern West Virginia and northern Virginia.