Flash flood emergency inundates Baltimore as the Northeast again sinks under the wash on Wednesday

Baltimore – Flood watches have been issued for nearly 30 million people from northeastern Pennsylvania to New England, as wet weather that has caused flash flooding in multiple states already this week extends into Wednesday.

On Wednesday morning, heavy rain from a stubborn thunderstorm caused a flash flood emergency in Baltimore City, Howard County, Anne Arundel, and parts of Baltimore and Harford counties, which were also at one point under a tornado warning and thunderstorm warning Severe. .

Emergency officials in the Baltimore area reported multiple water rescues after 2.5 to 4.5 inches of rain fell.

According to storm reports from the National Weather Service, several cars were also submerged in water in Baltimore area towns including Parkville, Pikesville, Lucerne, Arbutus and Catonsville.

U.S. Highway 29 was closed due to high water between Baltimore and Washington near Fairland. Parts of I-495 were also closed in Chevy Chase, Maryland, due to water over the road, the NWS reported.

Flood alerts expand to the northeast on Wednesday

Wednesday looks to be a bad day for the Northeast, especially along Interstate 95. The potential for flash flooding will increase as a strong cold front moves through the region. Some areas could see an additional 2-3 inches of rain after an already wet start to the week. This comes after heavy rain fell on parts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island on Tuesday, creating a flash flood emergency in the town of Leominster.

The Fox Forecast Center said what is fueling these storms is a large amount of tropical moisture flowing in ahead of the cold front.

Humidity, accompanied by pockets of instability in the atmosphere, will lead to heavy rain throughout the day on Wednesday. An axis of heavy rain appears to be forming in Massachusetts and Connecticut where a weak secondary low is forming along the cold front.

There is a low risk that some storms will develop into severe thunderstorms with large hail and damaging wind gusts of 60 mph, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Storm Prediction Center.

The rain is expected to finally taper off by Thursday morning, leaving millions in fall-like conditions on Thursday.

However, coastal New England will see heavy rain again over the weekend as Hurricane Lee passes offshore.

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