The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for an area that included historic Ellicott City.
Ellicott City residents were briefly urged to get to higher ground as storms capable of producing damaging winds and hail swept through the Baltimore region Monday evening.
Streams across eastern Howard County — including the Hudson Branch, which has carried devastating floods through historic Ellicott City twice since 2016 — surged as meteorologists said several inches of rain fell within an hour. As rain slowed, it appeared no significant flooding occurred.
“Hudson branch hasn’t reached flood stage yet, but is rising pretty rapidly,” said Daniel Hofmann, a National Weather Service meteorologist, about 6 p.m. Monday. By 6:40 p.m., the weather service said Hudson Branch crested a foot below flood stage, but noted that a flash flood warning remains in effect.
A video captured Monday evening by downtown Ellicott City resident Deirdre Foley Citro showed the Hudson branch surging as it flowed into a culvert beneath Lot D, on the south side of Main Street, but remaining within its banks.
Parts of Baltimore City and County as well as Howard County were under severe storm warnings Monday evening. A flash flood warning was in effect for in eastern Howard County, western Baltimore County and Northwest Baltimore.
The weather service said wind gusts could reach up to 60 mph and quarter-inch sized hail could be expected from some storms.
In the Ellicott City area, meteorologists said they received reports of a downed tree on westbound Interstate 70 near Route 29 and a creek overflowing its banks onto the roadway in the 9700 block of Riverside Circle.
In Baltimore, a tree was reported across the roadway at Conway and South Charles streets.