Howard County and several other areas in Maryland were placed under a flash flood warning Monday, the Maryland Emergency Agency said.

Over two inches of rain have already hit the region and more is expected in the coming hours, according to the National Weather Service. Western Howard County has been experiencing “extremely heavy” rain.

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While the western portion of Ellicott City was under a flash flood warning, the historic district was not, according to Michael Hinson, acting director of Howard’s Office of Emergency Management. County officials are working with the NWS to improve messaging that reduces confusion in the future.

Historic Ellicott City was quiet Monday morning as the flood warning elsewhere in the county ended – many stores regularly close Mondays.

Before noon, as the rain subsided, streams in the town ran fast but low.

Grace Pound, an employee working Monday at B Boutique's newly opened location on Main Street, said water pooled in the shop overnight like it does nearly every time it rains.

When it rains hard, staff are instructed to leave and seek higher ground if they feel uncomfortable, Pound said, but Monday did not meet that threshold.

Still, every time it rains, Pound said, business grinds to a halt.

"If there's any bit of rain, it's super slow, like people don't even bother coming out," Pound said.

In addition to Howard — Montgomery County is also under a flash flood warning, emergency management said.

Emergency management said by 8:50 a.m., numerous water rescues and road closures occurred in Montgomery County. So far none have been reported in Howard County.

The NWS forecast says rain and thunderstorms are expected to continue until about 2 p.m. Though some areas could see scattered showers until 8 p.m. before the weather clears up and temperatures drop to 64 degrees overnight.

Several counties according to emergency management are also under flash flood watch including: Washington, Frederick, Carroll, Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Charles, Prince George’s and Allegany counties.

Charles, Frederick and Prince George’s counties were previously under a flash flood warning but it has since downgraded.

Baltimore Sun Media Group reporters Erin B. Logan and Libby Solomon contributed to this report.

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