Thunderstorms flooded roads, stranding many motorists in the Baltimore area
Heavy rain and thunderstorms hit the Baltimore area Tuesday evening, downing trees, flooding roads and stranding many motorists.
First responders conducted multiple water rescues in Baltimore City, according to the National Weather Service. Water flowed deep into some parts of Wabash Street, stranding several vehicles. Ridgewood Road and Loch Raven Street also experienced flooding.
Some pedestrian bridges were completely inundated with water levels rising to 13 feet in places including Gwynn’s Falls on Washington Boulevard, parts of Beach Drive, the Riley Springs Trailbridge, and the Rapids Pedestrian Bridge.
Buoys and automated weather monitoring systems recorded wind gusts of up to 62 mph in some places, according to the National Weather Service. Harford County and Baltimore County were under a tornado warning and a severe thunderstorm warning until 12:30 a.m.
Early Wednesday morning, suspended debris from the storms was causing problems for commuters. WBAL television news crew Witnessed a motorcycle accident In a fallen tree near the intersection of Northern Parkway and North Charles Street.
In Baltimore County, the National Weather Service says water levels rose 11 feet along the Whitemarsh Trail. Water covered parking lots near the river, especially near the downtown courthouse. Heavy rains and high water levels also left drivers stranded in Pikesville, Arbutus and Parkville. A large tree has fallen at the intersection of Ebenezer Road and Myers Lane near Nottingham. Some roads in Essex are closed due to high water levels.
Cecil, Harford, North Baltimore and Carroll counties are under a flood watch until 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Showers and storms are possible Wednesday morning before we start to see improvements during the afternoon. We expect highs near 80.
By Thursday and Friday, Canadian high pressure will bring an extended period of comfortable weather with lower humidity. Expect highs in the upper 70s on Thursday and Friday.
Storms are still forming in the tropics and Atlantic Ocean, and the focus remains on Hurricane Lee, currently 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. But for now, Maryland is not expected to see direct impacts from Lee.
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People along the east coast of New England and parts of southeastern Canada will need to continue to monitor Lee’s forecast track, as the storm has a greater chance of giving them potential direct impacts.
Additional reporting by WJZ Meteorologist Steve Sosna.