The National Weather Service is calling for Monday to be rainy in the Baltimore area, with a high near 87 northeast winds 6 to 9 miles per hour. Forecasters warn that a few of the storms could be severe and produce large hail, lightning and damaging wind gusts. Monday night is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a low around 71 and east winds 3 to 5 miles per hour. The chance of precipitation is 30 percent.
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FROM THE WEEKEND...
Heat-related deaths reach 13 in Maryland: Thirteen people in Maryland have died from the heat since July 2, according to state health officials. The most recent were a Pennsylvania man over 65 years old who died in Harford County on Saturday, and a Baltimore City man and a Wicomico County woman, both over 65, who died Sunday. Meanwhile, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. announced Sunday that it had finished restoring electricity to more than 748,000 customers who were left without power following the powerful storm that hit the Baltimore region on June 29.
Heat buckles Route 50, closes four eastbound lanes: High temperatures and intense heat caused the pavement of four eastbound lanes of Route 50 in Prince George's County to buckle Sunday afternoon, forcing the State Highway Administration to close the lanes to traffic.
African American Festival draws thousands, despite heat: Organizers of Baltimore's African American Festival said the heat this weekend kept turnout smaller than usual during the day Saturday, but by Saturday night the crowd had reached 250,000. The two-day festival featured musical performances, cultural food and exhibits, more than 150 vendors, contests, health screenings, and financial empowerment activities.
JFX farmers' market starts accepting food stamps, debit: Tens of thousands of people in Baltimore who use food stamps to buy groceries can now do their shopping at the Baltimore Farmers' Market and Bazaar under the Jones Falls Expressway, thanks to a new token system launched Sunday. At a public opening of the market's new welcome center, where debit and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits cards can now be swiped for market tokens, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake touted the new system as a dual victory for local farmers and the approximately 190,000 people in the city who rely on the benefits.
Orioles close out first half of season with second-straight shutout loss to Angels: The Orioles finished baseball's first half with an all-around uninspired performance, falling to the Angels, 6-0, in front of an announced crowd of 37,108 at Angel Stadium.
Report: Former Baltimore Colts lineman John Williams dies: Former Colts offensive lineman John Williams, who played four seasons in Baltimore, died Sunday while out for a walk about six blocks from his Minneapolis home, the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune reported. The cause of death was not immediately available.
TODAY'S FRONT PAGE
Signs of change on a blighted East Baltimore block: A one-time house of horrors in East Baltimore is on the verge of becoming a home again. Gone are the plywood-covered door and windows that never seemed to keep the vacant house sealed very long. Gone too is the gaping hole where the first floor should have been -- a dungeonlike pit where police say a 13-year-old girl was raped one night last fall as she walked home. The entire 800 block of N. Caroline St., a short stretch of homes, is abuzz with change. Where eight of its 12 rowhouses stood forlorn and empty late last year, only two show no sign of progress today -- and work is expected to begin soon on one of those.
Advocates warn immigrants of scams: Immigrant advocates are warning people who plan to apply for a work permit under a new federal immigration policy to beware of scammers and hold off on taking any formal action until more details emerge about how the program will work. The policy shift, which President Barack Obama announced June 15, will allow some immigrants who are illegally in the U.S. to apply for work papers. But advocates say the Department of Homeland Security faces difficult questions in implementing the plan and is still months away from doing so.
As pedestrian accidents mount, Ocean City looks for answers: Pedestrians -- many of them jaywalking -- are being struck with alarming regularity this year in Ocean City. So far this year, there have been 22 vehicle-pedestrian accidents, two of them fatal. Last year there were 19 accidents with no fatalities, and in 2010, there were 29, with one fatality.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun