Evening storms could bring more heavy rain

More heavy rain is possible Friday evening, on top of the quick deluge from storms that flooded roadways and spawned a tornado warning in the afternoon.

A flash flood watch is in effect through 10 p.m. Flood warnings around Baltimore had expired by early Friday evening, but some large puddles could remain on roadways. A moist air mass was expected to bring more storms with rainfall rates of up to 1-2 inches per hour.

At the Inner Harbor, 1.58 inches of rain fell between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. as a line of storms passed through. Only light rain was meanwhile reported at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Flooding was reported in Fells Point, with the intersection of Caroline and Aliceanna streets in Fells Point under water. Flooding also closed intersections including Monument Street at Pulaski Highway and Kresson Street, and North Point Boulevard at Kane Street in southeast Baltimore, and McComas Street and Key Highway in South Baltimore.

The same storm that dumped rain on Baltimore City spawned a tornado warning when the National Weather Service received a report of a rotating cloud near Johns Hopkins Hospital in southeast Baltimore. Radar also indicated possible rotation, according to the weather service.

A tornado warning was issued from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for areas including Dundalk and Essex. Damage reports included downed trees in North Point State Park, on Cove Road near Interstate 695 in Essex and at Diamond Point Road and Oriole Avenue in Dundalk, according to the weather service.

If more damage reports were received, weather service meteorologists planned to survey the areas it to determine if any tornado occurred, an official said.

A muggy, stormy pattern brought at least a tenth of an inch of precipitation for five consecutive days starting Monday. Nearly an inch of rain fell at BWI from Monday through Thursday.

But a cold front expected to pass through Friday evening is ending that pattern, sweeping the humid air out of the region. Sunshine and drier air are expected Saturday into Sunday.

More warmth and humid air aren’t far off, though – highs could reach 90 degrees or above by the middle of next week.

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