A severe storm over Brunswick Monday evening unleashed a tornado that uprooted trees, flooded streets and damaged homes.
In one instance, the roof of a two-story home was completely obliterated.
The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado between an EF1 or an EF2 was responsible for the havoc in the area of Andrea and Royal Oak drives and also a bit north on Clover Drive.
Ward 2 City Councilman Vincent Carl left a council meeting and headed to the neighborhood as soon as the storm had passed.
Reporting by phone Monday night, he said he counted four homes “that look damaged to the point of being uninhabitable.”
In addition to a Royal Oak home that had lost its roof, another house had lost part of a roof and two others sustained damage to their walls.
“There are no injuries, I’m told,” Carl said. “We were lucky.”
Carl said he also saw uprooted trees that made it appear “as if a tornado hit and bounced around, but I’m no expert.”
Within minutes of the storm’s passing, Brunswick residents took to Twitter and Facebook, posting photos of the damage at or around their homes, including damaged siding, streets buried beneath water and fallen trees.
One photo showed a harrowing cloud formation near Laurel Road.
The city set up an emergency shelter at the Brunswick Recreation Center.
The weather service said at least an inch and a half of rain fell during the storm.
A second possible tornado touchdown was reported north of state Route 303 on Clover Drive, where there were reports of downed trees and a home with “significant” damage.
At-large City Councilwoman Patricia Hanek said a police representative interrupted the council meeting to warn of the possible tornado. Council members adjourned and discovered water coming in through the lobby and city manager’s office at City Hall.
“Driving home, you could see the gutters were filled [beyond] capacity,” Hanek said.
Hanek said at least one constituent on South Carpenter Road also reported neighborhood flooding.
Residents on the Brunswick Police Department’s Facebook page were complaining that they had no warning of the serious storm and questioned why the city had no tornado sirens in place.
Hanek said the city used to have sirens, but they were disabled by the city after hackers took control of them. The city now uses a “Code Red” system where residents can opt in by giving their home or cellphone numbers and receiving alerts of dangerous weather.
Hanek said the system worked Monday night and she received a message warning her of the storm.