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Maryland weather: Thunderstorms sweep across region Thursday, could remain for rainy Friday

Severe thunderstorms swept through the Baltimore area Thursday, prompting various severe weather alerts — including a brief tornado warning — around the region.

Less than a quarter of an inch of rain was recorded at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport as of 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

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A flash flood watch was issued for most of the region, with Baltimore and Harford counties’ warning continuing until midnight. A severe thunderstorm warning and watch were also issued for the Baltimore area.

No major damage was reported Thursday night, except for a brief surge with a stream on Plumetree Run in Bel Air that rose to 5 feet within two hours and nearly reached 7 feet before decreasing, the weather service said.

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Some showers and thunderstorms are possible overnight Thursday with humid conditions and a low around 67 degrees.

Better pack an umbrella and plan to proceed with caution Friday, too. A mostly cloudy day is likely to bring more rain, and meteorologists wrote about their growing concerns for more storms and damaging winds, especially in the I-95 corridor and to the east.

They forecast a 60% chance of rain during the day, dropping to 30% at night. If rain falls, it should happen before 7 p.m., they said. Forecasters warned of the possibility of gusty winds. The high is expected to be 78 and the low around 65 degrees.

The storms should dissipate by dark and pave way for a sunny Saturday with temperatures topping out near 85, the meteorologists wrote. Highs in the area could reach nearly 90 degrees Sunday.

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