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During the storms that hit the D.C. region on Thursday, a tornadic waterspout left a path of destruction on Smith Island, Maryland.

Mike Ricci, a spokesman for the governor, said in a Tweet Friday that 17 homes were damaged by the tornado — three or four had what was deemed “major damage.” He said the main focus on Friday was restoring power.

The National Weather Service said that the damage was preliminarily caused by a tornado, but the final determination will come after a full investigation in one to three days, the NWS told WTOP.

“Just spoke to Somerset County Sheriff Ron Howard regarding the situation on Smith Island following last night’s storm. Damage assessment teams are on the ground. We’ve offered him the full resources of the state to assist with the response,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement. “This storm was another reminder of how smaller storms can turn into severe and damaging weather events.”

Jay Fleming, a photographer, boat captain, writer and a member of Smith Island United, started a fundraiser to help Smith Island recover from the storm.

“It just was really devastating,” Fleming said.

He said when he saw pictures of the Island Time Bed and Breakfast, where he hosted photography workshops earlier this year, he was shocked.

“I lived on the third floor, that’s where my bedroom was, and the third floor of the house was completely gone,” Fleming said.

Fleming said he and his girlfriend started a GoFundMe fundraiser right away. It raised more than $50,000 in less than 24 hours.

“I think people are so willing to support Smith Island because Smith Island and the people on Smith Island are so incredible,” Fleming said. “I feel like the people in Smith Island are like family to me.”

Jay Fleming has been traveling to Smith Island from his home in Annapolis for more than 13 years for photography, so when he heard about an intense storm hitting the islands, “I was in complete shock, to be honest with you, complete shock.”

He wants the fundraiser to help those who live on Smith Island.

“I just hope that it helps them recover and rebuild and, you know, get back to normal and just get back to working, which is what the islanders are best at. They’re an incredibly hardworking, hearty bunch of people.”

Fleming said all of the funds raised through the page will go to the individuals and businesses on Smith Island through Smith Island United, the island’s advocacy organization comprising community members.

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Smith Island is made up of three islands on a 3-by-5-mile island chain, according to the Smith Island Center. It has a total population of about 200 year-round residents.

“Most everything and everyone that comes to Smith Island arrives by boat,” according to the Smith Island Center.

Heather Mizeur, former state delegate and Democratic gubernatorial candidate who is currently running for the U.S. House of Representatives 1st congressional district, offered her thoughts on the destruction on Twitter.

“We are holding our neighbors from Smith Island close to our hearts tonight after extensive storm damage to homes and buildings from a waterspout that became a tornado. We pray for everyone’s safety and resilience. We will come together #EasternShoreStrong to help rebuild,” Mizeur said. 

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Love Island’s Jess and Dom Lever give a glimpse at their huge garden as they build adventure playground for their son

LOVE Island stars Jess Shears and Dom Lever have shared a look at their very impressive garden at their home, while building a playground for their son.

Dom, 31, took to social media to show off his impressive building skills as he put together the play area for his two-year-old son Presley.

5Love Island's Dom constructed an impressive play area for his adorable sonCredit: Instagram 5Jess and Dom's son looked delighted with his new playgroundCredit: Instagram 5Dom shared a look at the process behind building the play area for his totCredit: Instagram

Jessica, 29, and Dom are proud parents to two children, after first meeting on Love Island’s third series.

The couple shared the happy news in June that they’d welcomed another baby boy, and it appears they have a lovely home for their brood.

Dom penned over the clip: “A day we’ll spent for a lifetime of fun,” before shouting out the company who’d provided him with the climbing frame.

In the sweet clip, Dom can be seen building the play area, which features a slide, climbing frames and a little sanctuary for adorable Presley to enjoy.

There are also swings and a steering wheel, and Jess and Dom’s son looked delighted as he wore face paint and tried out the new garden addition for the first time.

Since meeting on Love Island in 2017, the couple’s relationship has gone from strength to strength, with the pair walking down the aisle at a stunning ceremony on the Greek island of Mykonos in 2018.

They have a beautiful home with an expansive garden and well-thought-out interiors, which they often share a look at on their social media accounts.

Their stunning home is reportedly nestled “right in between the moors and the beach” in Devon, making it the perfect place to raise a family.

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The home is kitted out in monochrome colours and with minimalist furniture. In one social media snap, the pair are sitting on a huge plush U-shaped sofa, with plenty of room for a growing brood - which is handy as they apparently want four children.

The couple confirmed the news that their second baby had a arrived in March, with Jess sharing a stunning snap of Presley cuddled up next to his younger brother with the caption: "Feeling blessed a family of four @domlever."

5It was a timely process but worth the waitCredit: Instagram 5Dom and Jess first met on Love Island and now share two beautiful childrenCredit: Refer to Caption

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