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Maryland weather: Wind gusts reach 55 mph after thunderstorms sweep through the region

Hold on to your hats. Literally.

After the Baltimore region was under a severe thunderstorm warning for several hours Sunday that brought 0.36 inches of rain to BWI Marshall Airport mostly between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., strong winds are expected to remain until Monday morning, the National Weather Service said.

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About 5,290 of 1,318,626 customers lost power, according to a Baltimore Gas and Electric outage map, as the storm system swept through the area and brought 55 mph wind gusts along with a little more than a quarter-inch of rain. The bulk of the outages were in Baltimore County and Baltimore City, and by 1:40 a.m. about 257 customers remained without power.

The thunderstorm was predicted to bring hail the size of pennies, though the weather service said it did not have any reports of hail.

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The weather service had issued myriad warnings, including a gale warning, hazardous weather and other flood warnings throughout Baltimore.

By 6 p.m., the Inner Harbor promenade was flooded and the end of Thames Street in Fells Point was underwater with about 3.5 feet of water. And in the Bowleys Quarters area, water 3.8 feet deep was covering yards and approaching homes, the weather service said.

The Maryland Transportation Authority put wind restrictions for the Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge, Key Bridge and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge for a few hours but by 11 p.m., the restrictions were lifted.

Gusty conditions are expected to continue overnight and into Monday, the weather service said, with winds having the potential to reach up to 35 mph.

“Highs should reach the mid/upper 50s in most spots with 40s across the mountains,” forecasters wrote. “These numbers are fairly seasonal for mid-November.”

Monday will be sunny, with a high of 55 and low of 37 degrees.

Sunny weather will persist through the week, with temperatures in the 50s and cooler overnight, with Tuesday night expected to dip into the low 30s.

Later in the week on Friday and Saturday, the high could reach into the 60s.

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