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Flood warnings issued with more rain ahead for Baltimore Running Festival weekend

Flooded roads, at least one water rescue reported Friday

By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

2:50 PM EDT, October 11, 2013

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Flood warnings were issued across the Baltimore region Friday afternoon with two or three inches of rain expected on top of more than 2 inches that fell Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Flood warnings were issued across the Baltimore region Friday afternoon with two or three inches of rain expected on top of more than 2 inches that fell Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Warnings were in effect until 1:45 for urban areas and small streams along the border of Howard and Anne Arundel counties, in central and northern Baltimore County, northern Harford County and Baltimore City.

Though heavy rain had ended across many of those areas, larger streams like the Little Patuxent and Gunpowder Falls are still rising and could exceed flood stage levels this afternoon, the weather service cautioned.

A flood warning for Carroll and Frederick counties remains in effect until 4 p.m. Flood watches meanwhile remain in effect across the remaining parts of Carroll, Baltimore and Harford counties. Most of Anne Arundel County is under a hazardous weather outlook, with severe flooding not expected.

Some major roads were reported flooded and closed Friday morning, according to National Weather Service reports, including Maryland Route 623 near the Conowingo Dam in Harford County and multiple sections of Dorsey Road south and southeast of BWI.

About midday Friday, a swift water rescue team freed a driver and small dog from a car trapped in floodwaters 3 feet deep at Furnace Avenue and Ridge Road in Hanover, Anne Arundel fire officials said. No injuries were reported.

In Harford, authorities were closely monitoring the Broad Creek Dam near Darlington. Officials at a Boy Scout Reservation there were notifying residents of some seasonal cabins they may want to consider temporary evacuation from their properties because of high water at the dam.

A coastal flood advisory, in effect until Friday night warns of rain, onshore winds and tides combining to cause potential flooding and "minor inundation" of coastal areas, particularly during high tides, the weather service said.

Areas under the advisory include Chesapeake Beach, Solomons Island and Point Lookout. There also is a small-watercraft advisory in effect through Friday night, and vessels are encouraged to find safe harbor. Docks were reported under water at the Point Lookout Marina on Thursday night, according to the weather service.

"The combination of the tidal surge and rainfall will result in widespread minor coastal flooding," the weather service said.

Rain is in the forecast for the Baltimore region through the weekend, while coastal flood advisories are in effect for Anne Arundel County and other Chesapeake Bay areas.

High temperatures will be in the upper 50s to the 60s from Friday through Sunday, the weather service said. The coastal low is expected to hover over the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic for several days as a jet stream blocks it from moving.

Saturday, when the city will host the Baltimore Running Festival, will be cloudy, with drizzle and light rain likely during the morning. The afternoon and evening will be somewhat drier.

On Sunday there is a slighter chance of rain, but it will be cloudy with high temperatures in the mid-60s, the weather service said. Forecasters expect the sun to reappear Monday.

Carrie Wells and Andrea Walker contributed to this report.

Walker contributed to this report.