Two F-1 Tornados Confirmed in Garrett County

The Garrett County Emergency Operations Center, in collaboration with the National Weather Service (NWS) Baltimore/Washington, has identified and assessed the damage caused by two confirmed tornadoes that occurred in Garrett County on the evening of May 11, 2024. These tornadoes were part of a supercell thunderstorm that traveled along a warm front, causing significant weather activity in the area.

The first tornado, rated EF-1 with estimated peak winds of 90 mph, carved a path approximately 3.08 miles long and 75 yards wide through Asher Glade, Garrett County. The tornado was on the ground from 7:55 PM to 7:59 PM EDT. Ground surveys conducted in coordination with the Garrett County Department of Emergency Management and NWS confirmed the tornado’s path, where dozens of trees were snapped and uprooted.

The second tornado, also rated EF-1, impacted the area between Friendsville and Accident along Bear Creek shortly after 8 PM. It followed a similar path length and width, with peak winds of 90 mph, that snapped or uprooted hundreds of healthy softwood and hardwood trees. This tornado caused extensive damage to vegetation and minor damage to homes and vehicles along its path.

Justin Orendorf, a representative from the Garrett County Emergency Operations Center, stated, "First and foremost, no one was hurt. We’re onsite and actively working with the NWS and state agencies to manage the cleanup efforts and to ensure no further damage occurs."

The collaboration between the Garrett County Emergency Operations Center and the National Weather Service has been pivotal in quickly assessing the impacts of these weather events and facilitating a swift response to ensure public safety and recovery.

For more information on the Garrett County Department of Emergency Management, please visit


NWS Asher Glade Tornado 5-11-24

NWS Bear Creek Tornado 5-11-24

Created 5/14/2024 2:42pm
Last Updated 5/14/2024 5:12pm