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Possible tornado hits northeast Baltimore

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says it’s a “miracle” no one was killed or seriously injured after severe winds blew the roofs off apartment buildings in northeast Baltimore.

The city set up an emergency shelter for residents affected by the storms, which hit between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. Wednesday. A spokesman for the mayor says more than 100 people were in the shelter Wednesday morning.

Baltimore Gas and Electric’s (BGE) website reported that about 35,000 customers lost power due to the storm. Since then, most have had their power restored. Many of those outages were in Baltimore City, but Prince George’s, Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties were also affected, according to BGE’s website.

The storm damaged at least 200 residences in Baltimore city and Baltimore County, which has also set up a shelter.

The National Weather Service has sent surveyors to the scene to determine whether a tornado touched down. Meteorologist Kevin Witt says radar overnight picked up wind gusts of up to 80 miles per hour above ground level.

Several buildings lost their roofs, including one that landed a block away.