Maryland weather: Severe storms move quickly through Maryland; tornado warnings expire

A line of severe storms made its way through the Baltimore region Friday morning, dropping over half an inch of rain and placing several areas under tornado warnings.


This week has brought wet weather to the area with 1.39 inches of rain since Sunday, according to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport measurements. The majority of rainfall has happened within the past 24 hours, National Weather Service meteorologist Kyle Pallozzi said.

“It’s quite a bit of rain,” the meteorologist said. He also described it as “abnormal” for this time of year.


A tornado warning had been issued earlier in the morning for parts of Carroll and Howard counties. That warning expired at 8:30 a.m. And a severe thunderstorm warning was also in effect until 8:30 a.m. in parts of Carroll, Howard, Baltimore and Montgomery counties.

The rain is expected to clear out over the next couple of hours, Pallozzi said, but windy conditions will remain. The National Weather Service said west winds Friday could be 20-30 mph with gusts up to 50-55 mph. The Baltimore region is under a wind advisory until 3 p.m.

A strong storm system moved through the region overnight bringing the rain, Pallozzi said. The temperature is expected to keep dropping throughout the day with a high of 39 degrees, the forecast said, and low of 31.

About 1,800 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers were without power as of noon.

In Carroll County emergency management manager Valerie Hawkins said there are reports of trees and wires down in the area. Main Street in Westminster was also closed for storm damage at about 10 a.m.

Saturday is expected to be partly sunny, according to the National Weather Service forecast, with a high around 41 degrees and low of 31. Sunday will be mostly sunny with temperatures reaching 47 and a chance of showers in the evening.

This article will be updated.


Baltimore Sun Media reporter Mary Grace Keller contributed to this article.