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Latest Monday storm dropped 4 inches of rain on Harford

Storm clouds pile up over the old chapel at St. Margaret Church in Bel Air Monday evening shortly before 8 a.m. Harford County received nearly 4 inches of rain from the overnight storm, according to the National Weather Service.
Storm clouds pile up over the old chapel at St. Margaret Church in Bel Air Monday evening shortly before 8 a.m. Harford County received nearly 4 inches of rain from the overnight storm, according to the National Weather Service. (DAVID ANDERSON | AEGIS STAFF / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

For the second successive Monday, evening storms dropped plenty of rain on Harford County, this time causing about 1,000 power outages and prompting one call for a swift water rescue near Bel Air.

Harford County received 3.9 inches of rain during the 24-hour period from 8 a.m. Monday through 8 a.m. Tuesday, National Weather Service meteorologist Luis Rosa said.

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The line of storms hit Harford shortly after 8 p.m. Monday. The heavy rain led the NWS to issue a flash flood warning at 9:38 p.m. and again at 12:28 a.m. Tuesday.

Some local flooding was reported after midnight, as Route 7 at Route 136 in the Creswell area was closed because of high water from nearby Bynum and James runs, according to the NWS.

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A car stalled after driving into high water at Tollgate Road and Ruth Avenue, southwest of Bel Air, prompting a call for a swift water rescue to Bel Air Volunteer Fire Department, Harford County government spokesperson Cindy Mumby said. No injuries were reported.

BGE restored power to 1,483 customers in Harford during the storm, spokesperson Aaron Koos said Tuesday morning.

At about 11 p.m. Monday, the company's outage map showed 835 customers without power in the Mountain/Old Joppa Road area between Fallston and Joppa, as well as about 260 in Fallston.

The outages were caused by lightning strikes, toppled trees and wind, Koos said.

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The county did not get any more calls than usual overnight regarding flooding or trees down, Mumby said.

Earlier Monday, the county was placed under a tornado watch by the National Weather Service from 5 to 8 p.m.; however, no such activity or funnel cloud sightings were reported.

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