Maryland Weather: Strong thunderstorms can create tornado conditions
BALTIMORE — The southeastern portion of Cecil County is under a severe thunderstorm warning until 1:45 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.
Additionally, Queen Anne’s County and Kent County are under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 1:15 a.m.
Meanwhile, a flash flood warning is in effect for north-central Anne Arundel County until 2:15 a.m. A flash flood warning for the southwestern portion of Baltimore County and Howard County is in effect until 2:45 a.m. However, the city of Baltimore is under a flash flood watch until 3:15 a.m.
Anywhere between one to three inches is expected to fall in these areas. Areas that could experience flash flooding include: Baltimore, Pikesville, Elkridge, Ellicott City, Towson, Catonsville, Woodlawn, Randallstown, Parkville, Owings Mills, Eldersburg, Milford Mill, Lucerne, Arbutus, Brooklyn Park, Miss Chapel, Ilchester, Linthicum, Garrison. And Lansdowne.
Harford County and Baltimore County were under a tornado warning and a severe thunderstorm warning until 12:30 a.m. due to a thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado over Perry Hall moving toward the northeast at approximately 20 mph.
Cecil, Harford, North Baltimore and Carroll counties are now under a flood watch until 11 a.m. Wednesday. In these locations, 2 to 3 inches of rain is possible with locally higher totals. Flash flooding is possible overnight.
Showers and storms are possible Wednesday morning before we start to see improvements during the afternoon. We expect highs near 80.
Thursday and Friday look great! We will benefit from Canadian high pressure which will provide us with a long period of comfortable weather with low humidity. Expect highs in the upper 70s on Thursday and Friday.
We are still keeping an eye on the tropics and the Atlantic Ocean while storms are still brewing. Our focus is currently on Hurricane Lee, a Category 3 storm. Lee will likely parallel the East Coast of the United States as it curves north.
The storm is expected to continue generating large waves and dangerous rip currents for Maryland and Delaware beaches the rest of this week and into the weekend. For now, it looks like Maryland won’t see any direct impacts from Lee.
People along the east coast of New England and parts of southeastern Canada will need to continue to monitor Lee’s projected path, as the storm has a greater chance of giving them potential direct impacts.
Nice, warm and sunny weather will continue through next weekend with highs in the low to middle 80s.