One of the rain bands from the remnants of Hurricane Ida dumped inches of water on several Maryland communities this afternoon and spawned a tornado in Edgewater, in Anne Arundel County near Annapolis, which damaged the athletic field at South River High School, WBAL-TV (NBC affiliate) reports.
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School starts next Tuesday in Anne Arundel County, so no students were injured, although a few were on campus for an orientation at the Center of Applied Technology, which is just north of the athletic fields.
The damage to the concession stand at the field, the CAT, and other structures from the tornado will, however, require quite a cleanup effort.
“We’re still assessing the damage,” the station quoted Bob Mosier, chief communications officer for the district, as saying. “We’re still very early in this. … The most important thing: Nobody hurt. Everybody did exactly what they were supposed to do.”
He told WBAL that personnel and students train on this kind of drill all the time and that the preparedness paid off.
A football game is scheduled to take place at South River on Friday.
“We’re going to have that game, the first home game in two years,” he said. “It may not be Friday night, but we’re going to have that game.”