Most of Maryland was doused with heavy rains and under a flood watch the majority of Thursday.
The National Weather Service said the Baltimore region received almost 2 inches of rain throughout the day. Meteorologists had predicted the downpour, and said it could bring a total of up to 2½ inches across the region, with some areas even receiving 3 inches or more.
The weather caused some power outages, with some 2,500 customers affected as of 1:30 p.m., according to Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. But by Thursday night, that had dwindled to 20 customers.
BGE crews are following CDC guidance for social distancing and personal protection while working as safely and as quickly as possible to restore power, spokeswoman Tasha Jamerson said in an email earlier in the day.
“We understand the importance and increased urgency of restoring service with the stay at home order in effect in Maryland,” she said. “We have mobilized our storm center and increased staffing with tree clearing and construction crews to handle the anticipated damage. We will be working around the clock to restore service to all of our customers impacted by today’s storms.”
A flood watch was in effect across the state, except for Garrett County in Western Maryland, until 7:30 p.m. Similar warnings were posted from western North Carolina to northern New Jersey.
The widespread heavy rain was forecast ahead of a strong but slow-moving cold front currently draped across the middle of the country.
There has already been more than 4 inches of rain this month at the Baltimore region’s point of record, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. An additional 2 inches would make this Baltimore’s wettest month in more than a year.
Friday is expected to have a high of 66 with a 30% chance of rain and wind gusts up to 20 mph. Friday night the temperatures are expected to dip with a high of 50. The weekend has the potential to bring another soggy two days, with the chance of rain at 50% for both Saturday and Sunday, according to the weather service.