The National Weather Service issued a flood warning late Friday night until 5 a.m. Saturday after a few waves of showers and thunderstorms continued to move the region. The warning is for a portion of northern Maryland, including Baltimore County and Baltimore City.
Parts of Central Maryland were under tornado watches and warnings Friday, with the National Weather Service forecasting severe thunderstorms that could also bring hail, high winds and flash flooding.
The tornado watch was in effect until 2 p.m. in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. It also encompasses parts of Southern Maryland and the D.C. suburbs.
Severe storms moving northeast across Maryland prompted a flurry of more severe tornado warnings from Columbia to Dundalk Friday afternoon. As of about 1:30 p.m., a severe storm capable of producing a tornado was located near Bel Air, and continuing northeast at 40 mph. A tornado warning was issued from Fallston northeast toward the Susquehanna River until 2 p.m.
In a severe weather alert, the Weather Service warned residents to take cover as soon as possible.
Much of Central Maryland was also operating under a severe thunderstorm warning.
“Damaging winds will cause some trees and large branches to fall,” read an alert from the Weather Service. “This could injure those outdoors, as well as damage homes and vehicles. Roadways may become blocked by downed trees. Localized power outages are possible. Unsecured light objects may become projectiles.”
The greatest risk of storms was in the afternoon and evening, the weather service said. Multiple rounds of storms are expected through early Saturday morning.