As authorities in the Baltimore area gauged damage left in the wake of a series of powerful thunderstorms Thursday evening, meteorologists worked double time locking in forecasts for another potentially damaging weather pattern.
Jim Lee, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the agency was sending a survey team to northern Baltimore County to determine whether a tornado touched down. In the meantime, he said, meteorologists were tracking more storms potentially heading Maryland’s way.
In Jacksonville Friday morning, some neighbors on Overshot Court cleaned up storm debris from their yards as Baltimore County trucks arrived to clear the road. Multiple trees were snapped in half. Limbs, covered in cicadas, piled up on the side of the road.
Reports of damage began pouring into the weather service after 4 p.m. Thursday, with multiple trees reportedly falling in Carroll County.
In Harford County, officials received multiple calls for swift water rescues. A report at 7:15 p.m., citing a stream gauge, indicated Plumtree Run rose 5 feet in less than two hours.
Rich Gardner, a spokesman for Harford County’s volunteer fire companies, said firefighters responded to about a dozen calls between 6 and 9 p.m. for rescues related to people being stuck in their cars on flooded roads. He said nobody was injured and everyone who called was able to get to safety by the time rescuers arrived.
Some homes in the county were struck by lightening but were not seriously damaged, he said. “I think overall we were fortunate.”
The weather service documented reports of multiple roads closed because of flooding in Cecil County Thursday evening, as well as fallen debris. Several trees were reportedly downed on one road.
Meteorologists spoke of storms capable of producing similar damage in an online weather discussion.
Morning fog and cloud cover should clear out as the winds shift from south to west, they wrote in the weather post. They called for high Friday of 84 degrees and lows dropping to 66 overnight.
Thunderstorms are expected to develop as low atmospheric pressure pushes past the Blue Ridge Mountains and blows east in the early afternoon, meteorologists wrote. The most concentrated band of storms should strike the area around the lower Potomac River in Virginia, but other areas along the I-95 corridor are expected to get inclement weather, too.
At BWI Marshall Airport, the weather service forecast calls for scattered showers with the possibility of thunderstorms after noon.
The storms have enough wind variability to yield damaging winds, while heavy rainfall is possible the forecasters said. However, the swiftness of the storms should mitigate the threat of flooding.
“Any showers and storms should depart by early evening with mostly clear skies prevailing overnight,” the meteorologists wrote.
Baltimore Sun photographer Jerry Jackson contributed to this article.