Damage in the Bowie area after a tornado warning

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A tornado with winds of up to 90 mph downed trees, snapped utility poles and damaged structures in the Bowie, Maryland area on Tuesday night, the National Weather Service said.

No injuries had been confirmed as of 9:30 p.m., the weather service said.

Structural damage was reported in a commercial area around Annapolis Road and Superior Lane, and damage to homes was reported in other parts of Bowie.

“It was a severe storm,” said Una Cooper, spokeswoman for the town of Bowie, a municipality in Prince George’s County.

Trees had fallen in at least two neighborhoods in Bowie, some blocking roads, she said. Also, she said, the power lines had been torn down.

A store worker in the Annapolis Road and Superior Lane area said dark clouds appeared to pass directly over a Harris Teeter supermarket as debris flew through the air.

“When the winds picked up,” shortly after, “that’s when we went into the freezer,” said Claudia Lee, speaking of herself and her colleague Lacey Fowler, who works at Rita’s Italian Ice.

The storm was reported in the Bowie area around 5:30 p.m. It prompted the weather service to issue warnings of a possible tornado there and in Anne Arundel County to the east.

Later Tuesday night, the Weather Service said a storm survey confirmed Bowie had been hit by a tornado.

It appeared that after the storm passed through Bowie, the Harris Teeter was undamaged. A witness said it appeared to be working normally with customer purchases.

As the evening began, Michael Yourishin, spokesman for the Prince George’s County Fire Department, said it appeared no serious injuries had been reported.

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