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Severe thunderstorms predicted for Laurel on June 27

Water flooded the parking lot outside American Legion Post 60 in May 2014, damaging businesses and closing roads.
Water flooded the parking lot outside American Legion Post 60 in May 2014, damaging businesses and closing roads. (Photo by Nate Pesce)

Laurel residents are urged to prepare for severe weather on Saturday as the National Weather Service is predicting heavy rainfall and potential severe thunderstorms for the entire National Capital Region during the day.

The storms may include an inch or more of rain, severe winds and damaging hail with the potential to produce localized tornadoes.

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Flash flood warnings are anticipated, along with potential river and lowland flooding due to already increased water levels. There is also an increased threat of tree collapse and major debris as a result of ground saturation and severe winds.

Residents can continue to monitor local news and weather stations for updates by following @laurelpio, @laureloem (office of emergency management) and @cityoflaurel for updates on Twitter.

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In addition to going to the City of Laurel-government Facebook page, residents can also get alerts sent to their smartphone by registering for the MYLAUREL app.Instructions on how to get started are at cityoflaurel.org. The resident line for recorded updates is 240-294-1307.

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