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Maryland weather: Torrential rains move through Baltimore area, tropical storm Elsa on the way later in the week

Severe thunderstorms moved through the Baltimore area on Wednesday, leaving some destruction in their wake.

The storm featured heavy rain, 60 mph wind gusts and quarter-sized hail, the National Weather Service said, and it left behind downed trees as it moved over Baltimore.

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In hard-hit Towson, for instance, several trees fell near West Joppa Road and Bellona Avenue, causing damage to homes, according to National Weather Service local storm reports.

Meanwhile, tropical storm Elsa could bring 1 to 2 more inches of rain and gusty winds to Maryland later this week, forecasters say, although its path is still uncertain. A flash flood watch has been issued for Thursday afternoon through Friday morning for Anne Arundel, Calvert, Cecil, Charles, Prince George’s, Southeast Harford, Southern Baltimore and St. Mary’s counties.

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As of Wednesday evening, the center of the storm hovered over southern Georgia, and forecasters said strength was waning. By Thursday, it’s likely to weaken to a tropical depression, according to the National Hurricane Center. But, the storm could strengthen as it moved over the Mid-Atlantic coast, forecasters say.

Tropical Storm Elsa Cone of Uncertainty Tuesday 07/06/21.
Tropical Storm Elsa Cone of Uncertainty Tuesday 07/06/21. (The National Hurricane Center)

The storm will approach Virginia Beach by Thursday evening, forecasters said, before heading up toward Central Maryland and the Eastern Shore.

“It does look like we’re going to get into some locally heavy rainfall, generally along and east of I-95 out to the Eastern Shore, and some gusty winds — maybe 30, 40 mph the further east you go,” said Ken Widelski, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “Overall, it’s not going to be significant impacts.”

This story may be updated.

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