Tornado Watch Issued Until 7 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch until 7 p.m. tonight for Baltimore County and most of central Maryland,  Storms that form this afternoon may have tornadoes or damaging winds.
Baltimore County Emergency Management encourages resident to have three of ways communications to receive warnings and have a shelter location picked out to use IMMEDIATELY after a warning is issued.
Baltimore County Public Schools announced that all schools will be closing three hours early today for inclement weather.

Baltimore County Schools to Close Early

Baltimore County Public Schools announced that all schools will be closing three hours early today for inclement weather.

Strong thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and into the evening as the remnants  of Hurricane Ida pass through the region.

Below is full state from BCPS:

“Due to impending inclement weather, Baltimore County Public Schools, the Virtual Learning Program, and offices will dismiss three hours early on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. All afterschool and evening activities are also cancelled. No afternoon PreK. “Essential” employees remain on duty or may request from the appropriate supervisor to use leave time. “Essential as Needed” employees will remain on duty as directed or may request from the appropriate supervisor to use leave time.”

County Emergency Management Concerned About Flash Floods

Baltimore County Emergency Management released a social post about the projection of heavy rain on Wednesday.

“We are becoming more concerned about flash flooding in Baltimore County. US National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington is calling for 4-6 inches of rain Wednesday afternoon through early Thursday AM,” said the statement.

The red area has the greatest chance of flooding. The following impacts may occur:
-Road flooding, river flooding, and coastal flooding
-Isolated tornadoes
-Wind-driven tree damage and power loss

“BCO Emergency Management will be staffing our Emergency Operations Center to monitor for any community damage or impacts. We will be working with first response agencies, public works, and other storm response partners.”

Hurricane Remnants Could Cause Heavy Rain

-photo courtesy of National Weather Service-

Hurriance Ida is causing problems in Louisiana and the National Weather Service projects the storm will hit Maryland mid week.

The NWS reports widespread rain is possible Wednesday as the remnants of Ida move northeast into our region.
Heavy rain could occur throughout Wednesday through Thursday morning.

Stay up to date with the latest forecast from @NWS_BaltWash as forecast details become more clear.

Flash Flood Watch Until Friday Afternoon

The National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of the area from 2 a.m. Friday through Friday afternoon.

Showers and scattered thunderstorms may produce heavy rain, which could lead to instances of flash flooding in the watch area.

Area Could See Winds & Storms Today

The National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington reports scattered severe thunderstorms are possible from late this morning through evening.

The primary threat will be damaging wind gusts downing trees & power lines in areas. Stay weather aware and have a way to receive NWS warnings. Go to shelter if a warning is issued for your area.

There is an isolated risk of strong to severe storms this afternoon as well, with damaging wind gusts being the primary threat.

The NWS also started the heat & humidity persists today. Be sure take frequent breaks in the shade/indoors and stay hydrated.

Lighting Causes Parkville Apartment Fire

-photo courtesy of Providence Volunteer Fire Company of Towson Maryland Facebook page-

Baltimore County Emergency Crews had a busy day as a result of the strong storms in the area on Saturday, July 7.

Baltimore County Fire Department reported a two alarm condo fire in the 2200 block of Lowells Glen Road in Parkville.

The fire was reported through the roof. Crews evacuated tenants and pets. Everyone got out safely. No injuries were reported. The fire started before 3 p.m.

Investigators have confirmed this fire began with a lightning strike.

Tree Damages Two Essex Apartment Buildings

There have been multiple reports of damages from the storm throughout the day.

Another area that saw storm damage was Essex.

The Baltimore County Fire Department reported a tree heavily damaged the two apartment buildings in the 900 block of Garden Drive on Saturday afternoon.

Several families were displaced. No injuries were reported. Building engineers and the RedCross responded to the scene.