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Several homes were destroyed, roofs were ripped off and thousands were left without power after a violent storm system unleashed a possible tornado overnight on Maryland’s Kent Island.

Queen Anne’s County officials said approximately 8,000 residents were left without power and residents were being asked to shelter in place after the storm.

Aerial images over Kent Island showed several homes that were completely leveled and others with extensive damange – along with downed trees and boats that were blown from the water into backyards.

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge, which connects the island to central Maryland, was temporarily closed because of the storm.

Only minor injuries were reported, officials said. One person was treated at a local hospital and released. 

Route 8 into Kent Island is currently closed to traffic except for residents. 

The National Weather Service is still investigating the storm system and has not classified it as a tornado as of Monday morning, according to Fox 5, which reported that the highest winds occurred around 1:30 a.m. at 68 miles per hour.

Officials also said schools on Kent Island will be closed Monday and Centreville Middle School will be used as a shelter.

Click here for more from Fox 5.



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