While enduring another afternoon and evening of pelting rain Monday, much of Harford County also dealt with an afternoon threat of tornadoes in the area and some unconfirmed sightings in nearby Baltimore County.
The county got more than 3 inches of rain on Monday – on top of 4 inches that fell Friday night into Sunday morning – and more rain is being forecast for the remainder of the week.
Harford remained under a flash flood warning until 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, according to a National Weather Service alert sent out about 10:30 p.m. Monday.
Although it had stopped raining in Fallston on the west side of the county around 11 p.m., that was likely to be a respite, according to the NWS, whose forecast for Tuesday is for scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1 p.m., with some storms possibly producing heavy rainfall.
Earlier in the day Monday, Harford was placed under a tornado watch by the NWS until 10 p.m. that was soon followed by a tornado warning after a possible tornado was reported in the Kingsville area of Baltimore County around 3:45 p.m. The initial warning applied to Pleasant Hills (between Joppa and Fallston), Fallston and Bel Air.
The tornado warning was lifted shortly after 4 p.m.; however, the county at that point was placed under a flash flood warning into the evening hours. The tornado watch was later extended to midnight.
On its media Facebook page, the Harford Fire & EMS Association reported, "There have been several reports of 'tornado' type damage by spotters. These are, of course, unconfirmed." An accompanying area map showed the reports concentrated in the area south of Route 1 and west of Route 152 between Kingsville and Pleasant Hills.
Forecasters estimated up to 2 inches of rain had already fallen on parts of Harford County Monday when, at 4:15 p.m., a monitored Harford County emergency broadcast said up to an inch of additional rain was possible and the flash flood warning had gone into effect.
County emergency officials and the State Highway Administration continued to remind motorists to avoid driving through standing water.
As of 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, no serious weather-related incidents had been reported by the Harford County Department of Emergency Operations.
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