**FILE** Courtesy of Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman via Twitter
**FILE** Courtesy of Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman via Twitter

Anne Arundel County declared a state of emergency after Hurricane Ida and a resulting tornado tore through the region this week.

The tornado, which touched down Wednesday afternoon in Edgewater and eventually passed through Annapolis over an 11-mile path, was preliminarily classified as an EF-2 with wind speeds up to 125 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Though no serious injuries were reported, numerous homes and buildings were badly damaged. The twister left a trail of destruction along Annapolis’ West Street, which was shut down until Thursday night from Chinquapin Round Road to past Gibraltar Avenue.

Annapolis officials said its Department of Planning and Zoning building inspectors determined Friday there are at least 47 people displaced with five buildings destroyed, 26 condemned buildings, 26 structures with major damage, and 49 buildings with minor damage, The Baltimore Sun reported.

“The extent of the destruction from the storm is devastating, but these are strong communities, and we will provide whatever state resources are needed to help them rebuild,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement Thursday after visiting the affected areas. “We will continue to assess the damage, and coordinate closely with federal, state, and local officials in the days ahead.”

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