Carroll County man dead as possible tornado is reported in northern Maryland; flash floods possible overnight

A Carroll County man died after a tree fell on him Monday as strong storms and a possible tornado moved across Carroll, Baltimore and Harford counties.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a news release that an 89-year-old man was trapped under a tree in his driveway at his Finksburg home around 6:30 p.m. He was declared dead at the scene.


Police believe winds from the storm blew the tree down and onto him. Police did not immediately identify the man.

His death came as a strong storm front moved up the East Coast on Monday afternoon.

Meteorologists warn that flooding rains are possible overnight.

A flash flood watch is in effect through early Tuesday morning, with a widespread 1-2 inches of rainfall possible. Some areas could see as much as 4 inches of rain with multiple rounds of rain showers and thunderstorms forecast, the National Weather Service warned.

“Much of this rain may fall in short periods of time in any one given location, resulting in the risk for flash flooding this afternoon and tonight,” weather service meteorologists said.

Severe weather remains possible through the evening, they added. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect across Central Maryland through 10 p.m.

The rainfall and storms come as a cold front advances toward the region, bringing an end to nearly two weeks of heat. Monday is Baltimore’s 11th consecutive day with high temperatures of 90 degrees or hotter, while Tuesday, temperatures might not rise above 80 degrees.

A line of storms that moved across the state Monday afternoon prompted tornado warnings in parts of Carroll, Howard, Baltimore and Harford counties. Weather service meteorologists said radar indicated storms were capable of producing tornadoes, but there were no immediate reports of sighted funnel clouds.

Half a dozen power lines were toppled along Route 165 north of Jarrettsville in Harford County, emergency managers told the weather service. Downed trees were reported across northern Howard County and in the Cockeysville area.

At the border between Montgomery and Frederick counties, Interstate 270 was shut down because live power lines were strewn across the highway in the wake of the storm, Maryland State Police said.

About 5,362 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers were without power as of 10:50 p.m., the utility said, with 20,870 outages restored.