Maryland weather: Light showers predicted for Baltimore on Tuesday afternoon as thousands remain without power

The worst of the regional storms spared Baltimore County, where about 1,400 BGE customers remained without power following Monday’s storms.

Initially, more than 20,000 households were without electricity after the storm. Almost all of the power outages were located in Baltimore County on Tuesday afternoon, with more than 350 without power in Baltimore City. Small numbers of outages in Anne Arundel, Howard and Harford counties were also reported.

Storms are expected in Southern Maryland on Tuesday, but only light showers are predicted for the Baltimore area, said Cody Ledbetter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Sterling, Va.

“Most of the more intense thunderstorm activity is well to the south,” Ledbetter said, adding that people in Baltimore will likely see some dark clouds and light showers beginning around 4 p.m., but little more than that.

“There’s not going to be any significant accumulation of rain,” he said.

The strongest storms, he said, will likely be in Northern Virginia and in and around Prince George’s County.

Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms may be capable of isolated damaging wind gusts and heavy rain which could result in a few instances of flooding, mainly near the Potomac River and across southern Maryland.

BGE repair crews focus on critical infrastructure and then move to the outages that are affecting the largest number of customers, Mulcahy said. Fallen trees and limbs are presenting challenges to crews both by cutting off access to some roads and because they often must be cut or moved out of the way of power lines.

“It was a quick-moving thunderstorm that came through and really impacted the northern portion of Baltimore City and southern portion of Baltimore County,” said Justin Mulcahy, a BGE spokesman.

The brief “pulse thunderstorms” happened “because it was such a hot humid day,” said Ray Martin, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The heat index for downtown Baltimore had been over 107 degrees earlier in the day, said Martin.

Martin said there had not been a tornado.

In Baltimore County, the Office of Emergency Management is evaluating damage in the Towson and Pikesville areas.

Baltimore County fire crews were responding after a tree fell into a house in the 700 block Morningside Drive in the Towson area. According to Emergency Management, no injures have been reported.

County police said the area of West Joppa Road between Bosley and Woodbine avenues has been shut down. Police warned drivers to avoid the area.

In Carroll County, the Sykesville-Freedom District volunteer fire company personnel spent Monday evening canvassing to check on residents in the area near College Avenue and Mellor Avenue.

The first call for service to the area came at 4:34 p.m., and no injuries had been reported as of 6 p.m. Monday, according to a fire company spokesman.

Several trees and wires came down, causing extensive property damage.

Showers and thunderstorms are possible again Wednesday, the National Weather Service said. Still, the warm weather continues, with a high of 85 degrees Wednesday.

Temperatures hit 94 degrees at Baltimore-Washington International Airport on Monday — shy of the daily record high daily record high of 97, last reached on June 18, 1957. But high humidity made temperatures feel hotter than 100 degrees throughout the day, the weather service said.

The sweltering temperatures are expected to drop slowly throughout the week. The high is expected to be 83 on Wednesday and Thursday and 79 on Friday.

The weather service cautioned workers on job sites to take breaks in shady areas and stay hydrated. Children and pets should not be left unattended in vehicles, and everyone should limit outdoor activities and stay hydrated, they warned.

Baltimore Sun Media Group reporter Catalina Righter contributed to this article.

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