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Rain shifts Black-Eyed Susan races, closes roads around region

Nearly 2 inches of rain fell across the region Thursday night into Friday morning, canceling some races at Pimlico Race Course, closing roads and disrupting rail travel.

At Pimlico, all six turf races scheduled for Black-Eyed Susan Day were moved to the dirt track, where conditions were listed as sloppy. But the tracks were expected to dry out in time for Saturday's Preakness.

The rainfall, combined with the morning high tide, caused minor flooding on low-lying streets in downtown Annapolis, including Dock Street and Compromise Street. For several hours, drivers were not allowed to cross the Spa Creek Bridge connecting the Eastport neighborhood with downtown, because of flooding on the downtown side of the bridge.

The State Highway Administration reported nearly two dozen road closures at the rainfall's morning peak, while in Anne Arundel County, a dozen local roads were reported closed.

A minor "mudslide" along train tracks near North Fulton Avenue and the Baltimore & Potomac Tunnel in Baltimore delayed some Friday morning MARC trains, Maryland Transit Administration officials said. Penn Line trains experienced morning delays of up to 50 minutes because of the weather, MTA said.

More than 600 power outages were reported around the region Friday morning, about half of them in Baltimore County and others in the city, according to Baltimore Gas & Electric Co.

The heaviest rainfall was reported across Frederick and Montgomery counties, with 4.65 inches near Myersville in Frederick and 4.4 inches near Potomac in Montgomery.

Lesser totals were reported around the Baltimore area, with 1.39 inches at Pimlico, 1.44 inches in Reisterstown, 1.91 inches in the Uniontown area of western Carroll County and 2.4 inches near Columbia.

The 1.71 inches measured at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport was about a quarter of an inch shy of the record rainfall of May 16, 2003, the day before that year's Preakness.

A stretch of pleasant, seasonable weather is forecast to start Saturday and last through the middle of next week. For the weekend, highs are forecast in the lower 70s under mostly sunny skies.

Baltimore Sun reporters Jon Meoli, Pamela Wood and Kevin Rector contributed to this article.

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