Flood warning in effect Friday for Howard Co.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Howard County and the surrounding region Friday as heavy rainfall soaks the area.

The warning will be in effect until 12:15 p.m. Friday, according to the NWS. 

As of 9:27 a.m. Friday, the NWS reported ongoing flooding in the Little Patuxent River and that "additional streams are likely to reach flood stage later this morning."

As of 10 a.m. Friday the NWS estimated two to three inches of rain had already fallen on the region and that little additional accumulation, up to a quarter of an inch of rain, is expected for the remainder of the day. 

The Maryland State Highway Administration released the following list of warnings for motorists:

  • Keep gas tanks full in case of unexpected and possible lengthy detours;
  • Keep a charged cellphone handy, but don’t use while driving unless hands-free;
  • Never try to move tree branches that have been entangled in electrical wires or try to move a fallen electrical or communication cable from the travel lanes;
  • Be on alert for animals, such as deer, crossing the roads as they flee flooded areas;
  • Ensure that windshield wipers and all headlights, hazard lights and turn signals are in proper working order
  • Allow extra braking distance.

SHA also reminds motorists that if traffic signals are out at an intersection, all directions must come to a complete stop and treat the intersection like a four-way stop. Additionally, low-beam headlights are required when windshield wipers are in operation.

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