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Maryland weather: Severe thunderstorm watch for Baltimore area canceled, flash flood watch scaled back

Flash flooding is possible for some parts of Western and Central Maryland from storms expected to be capable of dropping several inches of rain Tuesday.

A flash flood watch is in effect for Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties until 11 p.m. as the National Weather Service wrote on Twitter at 9:15 p.m. that a previously issued watch for across the Baltimore region “has been scaled back to where showers and storms with heavy rain will last a couple more hours.”

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The weather service has also canceled its previous severe thunderstorm watch for the Baltimore region, saying “the threat of strong winds and hail” have diminished.

For a second straight day, thunderstorms were expected to develop along a front stalled across the Mid-Atlantic. But while meteorologists warned of potential for damaging winds and large hail Monday — forecasts that did not come to pass in many areas — the main threat Tuesday was expected to be flooding rain.

“Winds look weaker through the lower and middle atmosphere today, so storms should be slower moving,” weather service meteorologist Ray Martin said.

Storms caused some damage around Howard and Anne Arundel counties Monday afternoon, the weather service reported. Quarter-sized hail was observed near Columbia, and a downed tree blocked an intersection in the South Gate area of Glen Burnie.

A lesser but still present risk of severe weather is also expected Wednesday, and then storm threats are likely to increase again Thursday. Pleasant weather is forecast Friday into the weekend.

Baltimore Sun reporter Phil Davis contributed to this article.

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