On Thursday night, a small island in Maryland suffered devastating damage.
Video shows the tornado swirling rapidly across the Chesapeake Bay towards Smith Island.
Residents Catherine Donaway and Tiffany Ootilla, who filmed the video, can be heard repeatedly yelling "Oh no!" While watching the violent scenes unfolding in front of you. As the tornado reaches the island, debris is seen contacting buildings and soaring into the air.
Houses shattered after torrential rains passed through an unpretentious island, and debris littered the front lawn.
Serious injuries have not yet been reported.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan warned residents of the difficult situation during cleaning and repairs.
"Our emergency management team is coordinating with local jurisdictions to track damage from tonight's storm.&Currently, there are over 50,000 power outages. Stay off the road in affected areas, especially where tree fellers need to work," Hogan wrote on Twitter.
Smith Island has a population of only 261which includes the communities of Tylerton, Rose Point and Ewell. It is the only island in the Chesapeake Bay that does not have a bridge back to mainland Maryland. The historic island of
was first settled by colonists in the 17th century, but Native Americans have occupied the island for over 12,000 years. rice field.
In recent years, Smith Island has had severely eroded. Thousands of acres of land have been lost to weathering, and many residents have chosen to evict.