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Maryland weather: Monday storms leave cars trapped, trees down in Baltimore area; chance of storms Tuesday

The Baltimore Sun

Quick-moving downpours passed through the region Monday evening, lifting cars off roadways, downing tree limbs and causing other damage in a region that’s already seen historic levels of rain this summer.

Around 12 cars had been lifted off Loch Raven Boulevard near Walker Avenue in Parkville earlier in the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Deborah Green of Baltimore was driving home on Loch Raven Boulevard with her mom when the storm hit, sending water and debris into the roadway. Her car got stuck at the bottom of the hill. Neighbors and fire officials came to help push them out.

“We ended up being safe, we ended up being OK,” she said. “I hope everyone else is too.”

The Baltimore County Fire Department reported another incident where a tree limb fell on a power line and then a pickup truck near the intersection of Philadelphia and Bradshaw Roads in Kingsville. Near Joppa, another tree fell on a vehicle, but the occupants were not injured, emergency management officials said.

In Glen Arm, downpours caused a stream called Minebank Run to rise 6 feet in an hour, the National Weather Service reported online.

At one point multiple vehicles were trapped in high water in the Towson area, including four at the intersection of Goucher Boulevard and Putty Hill Avenue and one at Providence Road and Cromwell Bridge Road, according to a Baltimore County police and fire dispatcher. Others were trapped near Warren Road and Bosley Road in Cockeysville.Meteorologists warned the storms were capable of damaging winds of up to 60 mph and large hail. Pea-sized hail was reported in Woodberry and Towson, and a 49 mph wind gust was reported on Middle River.

The same line of storms downed large trees and tore a deck off of a house in the College Park area, the weather service said.

More than an inch of rain quickly fell in some areas as the storms passed. Residents reported 1.06 inches of rainfall in the Towson area and 1.63 inches in Eldersburg, according to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.

Water was meanwhile already high in some areas Monday after heavy downpours moved through in the early morning hours. Rain fell at rates of more than 2 inches per hour during storms in Baltimore County, meteorologists said, and Northern Harford County was under a flood warning through 11:30 a.m. Emergency management officials reported that a creek was spilling onto Buttermilk Road in the Norrisville area.

As much as 2-3 inches of rain fell Sunday into Monday across portions of Maryland, according to the weather service, including in Harford, the upper Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland. The region’s rain gauge of record, at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, reported only about a quarter of an inch of rain Monday. There has been 1.86 inches of rain there so far this month, on top of nearly 17 inches in July.

Tuesday morning, only one major state road remained closed because of high water, State Route 7 in Elkton, along the Big Elk Creek, according to the State Highway Administration.

The storms came from a slow-moving low-pressure system that was moving across the Ohio Valley and into Pennsylvania on Monday. It was forecast to push off to the northeast on Tuesday, ushering in sunshine and cooler temperatures. Highs are forecast in the lower 80s Tuesday afternoon.

Chances of scattered thunderstorms are forecast Tuesday afternoon, and then mostly dry conditions are forecast until Thursday night and Friday, when storms are possible again.

Baltimore Sun director of content Emma Patti Harris contributed to this article.

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