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Maryland weather: Thunderstorms drop nearly an inch of rain Thursday; more wet weather expected overnight

A tornado warning briefly covered Annapolis on Thursday afternoon as several severe storms moved through Central Maryland, leaving behind fallen trees and isolated flooding.

Much of the Baltimore area was under a severe thunderstorm watch for most of the day and several specific areas were under severe warnings. Storms dropped nearly an inch of rain as of 6 p.m., according to measurements recorded by the National Weather Service at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

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Around 9 p.m., another burst of rain hit the region briefly spurring another round of advisories.

The tornado warning near Annapolis halted proceedings in the Capital Gazette shooting trial, forcing those inside the courtroom to head to the basement. The warning expired at 4 p.m. Late Thursday night, another tornado warning, that has also ended, was issued for Landover, Kettering and Mitchellville in Prince George’s County.

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A flash flood watch was also in effect but has since been lifted by the weather service for most of the region. Portions of Anne Arundel County remain under the advisory until Friday morning.

The weather service also issued a special marine warning including the Baltimore Harbor, Chesapeake Bay from Pooles Island to Sandy Point, Chesapeake Bay north of Pooles Island, Chester River to Queenstown and Patapsco River until 11:15 p.m.

Forecasters say a cold front moving through the region Thursday night will likely bring more rain overnight and a low of around 70 degrees. A quarter to half an inch of rain could fall, the weather service said.

After a sweltering start to the week, temperatures were milder Thursday — the high was 85 — and are likely to stay that way in the coming days. Friday and Saturday’s high should be around 80 degrees. At least some rain showers are likely each of those days, but forecasters are predicting a sunny Independence Day with a high near 83 degrees. The sun will stay out Monday, when temperatures could once again reach the 90s.

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