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Maryland weather: Over 10,000 lost power as severe storms swept across Baltimore area

More than 10,000 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers lost power Monday afternoon as stormy weather moved through the Baltimore region, leaving some coastal flooding concerns behind.

All but 2,000 had regained electricity by 10:30 p.m.

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The National Weather Service lifted a tornado watch across most of Central Maryland just after 3 p.m., and tranquil yet increasingly chilly weather was forecast to move in behind the storm system. But meteorologists cautioned that strong west winds were expected to continue through the afternoon, with gusts of 50 mph still possible.

Severe storm warnings across the region were lifted by 3:15 p.m. Earlier Monday, a tornado warning was issued around Columbia and into western Baltimore County and northwestern Baltimore City through 12:30 p.m.

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The weather service reported multiple downed trees and strong wind gusts in areas to the west of Baltimore. A tree fell on a car in Columbia and onto Edmondson Avenue in West Baltimore.

In Carroll County, winds snapped and uprooted multiple trees and caused some structural damage to a home in the 2000 block of Leeward Drive northwest of Westminster.

Wind observations included 72 mph near Glen Burnie, 68 mph in South Baltimore and 61 mph at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Nearly 2 inches of rainfall was reported at BWI from late Sunday night through Monday afternoon, breaking a record from 1972 of 1.46 inches for April 13 in Baltimore.

The rain and winds were contributing to flooding concerns around the region.

Coastal flood warnings are in effect from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Baltimore and along the shoreline in southern Baltimore and Harford counties. High tides could be 3 feet above normal, the weather service said.

The Baltimore Office of Emergency Management had warned residents of low-lying and flood-prone areas, including Fells Point and Woodberry, to be prepared to move to higher ground. In the Baltimore region, half an inch or more of rain was possible through Monday evening. More than an inch and a half of rain fell across the region from midnight through 9 a.m.

The Baltimore Department of Transportation asked Fells Point residents to move their cars from the street as soon as possible Monday morning. Free parking was being offered in the Fleet and Eden Garage at 501 S. Eden St.

Meteorologists warned trees could be more prone to falling given that the ground was already saturated from morning rain.

Tornado watches were also posted from North Carolina into Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey on Monday. The strongest risks for tornadoes were expected across eastern North Carolina and Virginia, according to the weather service’s Storm Prediction Center.

A day earlier, storms from the same frontal system killed at least 19 people across Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Arkansas and South Carolina.

The storms blew onward through the night, causing flooding and mudslides in mountainous areas, and knocking out electricity for nearly 1.3 million customers in a path from Texas to Maine, according to poweroutages.us.

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Striking first on Easter Sunday across a landscape largely emptied by coronavirus stay-at-home orders, the storm front forced some uncomfortable decisions. In Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey suspended social distancing rules, and some people wearing protective masks huddled closely together in storm shelters.

The active weather pattern comes from a cold front advancing across the country, spurring spring snowfall across the Rocky Mountains and Plains and severe weather in the Deep South on Easter Sunday.

After the cold front passed through Monday, calmer but cooler weather was forecast as Arctic air spreads southward. Much of the middle of the country is expected to fall under a chill some 20 degrees colder than normal.

Around Baltimore, highs are forecast in the 50s all week, with lows in the 30s, and repeated chances for showers.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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