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Shocking video has captured the moment a waterspout slammed into a small island in Maryland on Thursday as extreme weather destroyed the coastline of the Old Line state.
Video shows the tornado swirling over water and tracking toward Smith Island off the Chesapeake Bay.
The video, taken by Amy and Daniel Somers, shows debris flying through the air as the waterspout approached land.
You can hear Somers’ utter shock as they watch the waterspout land and crash into what appears to be a building.
Significant damage to structures and property has been reported on Smith Island, but so far no word on injuries to residents of the small island.
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Photos show many homes on Smith’s Island completely destroyed by the storm, with debris cluttered on lawns.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan warned residents to stay indoors in a statement on Twitter.
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“Please stay off the roads in affected areas, especially anywhere clearing crews are required to work,” he said.
Governor Hogan also noted that there were more than 50,000 reported power outages in Maryland.
The National Weather Service had issued a statement warning of winds of 45 miles per hour and possible hail.
Smith Island – which includes the communities of Tylerton, Rhodes Point and Ewell – has fewer than 300 residents. It is the only island without a bridge connected to the mainland.
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The island has drawn attention for having eroded significantly in recent memory, losing hundreds of residents and thousands of acres. Many derelict properties lay abandoned across the island, which was first settled in the 17th century.
In 2013, the Maryland government offered to use Hurricane Sandy relief to buy out the island’s remaining owners.