Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Rain is in the forecast for the rest of the week.
A flash flood watch is in effect in Howard County until Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Some parts of the region have already seen up to 2 inches of rain, and it won’t take much more to lead to localized flash flooding, according to NWS. The threat of more, heavy rain lingers through the end of the week. The rain is thanks in part to Tropical Depression Lee, which has dumped nearly 20 inches of rain in areas along the Gulf Coast. In the short term, Howard County can expect more scattered showers with periods of heavy rain Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday evening, according to NWS. As of Tuesday morning, the flash flood watch is in effect until Wednesday evening, but “will likely need to be extended again…
Saturday, August 27, 2011
County Executive Ken Ulman is encouraging drivers to avoid travel and use caution on roadways.
Howard County officials closed libraries and parks and canceled government-sponsored events and activities through Sunday because of as much as 6 inches of rain and possible power outages. “Because of the dangerous conditions that are expected overnight into tomorrow morning, we are asking that you limit non-essential travel and activities during this time,” said County Executive Ken Ulman in a press release. “We have canceled all county activities through Sunday and ask other organizations to consider doing the same.” Emergency officials recommend that people who have to travel avoid standing water and to treat any non-functioning traffic intersections as four-way stops. The county’s Emergency Operation Center is available to residents…
Monday, July 25, 2011
A flash flood warning will expire at 6:15 p.m., but the rain is expected to continue.
A car has been swept off the road and the rain hasn’t even stopped yet. Howard County is due for more rain within the next half hour and there may be more storms on the way later this evening, according to the National Weather Service. In Howard County near the Carroll County border, “a car encountered a flooded road and was pushed off the side of the road,” at around 3 p.m. today, according to Kevin Witt, at NWS. The driver wasn't hurt. In all, the county has seen between an inch and a quarter, to 2 inches of rain as of 3:30 p.m. today, Witt said. “Some of that has been within a 1-hour period.” The area is currently under a flash flood watch, meaning residents might see water in nearby creeks rise above flood levels in six hours or …
Friday, July 8, 2011
Storms damaged and flooded the region last night. Round two comes this afternoon.
With the National Weather Service calling for possible hail, rain and high winds, the Maryland State Highway Administration is warning commuters to take the time to drive safely around central Maryland. SHA tweeted at noon on Friday, “Major storms expected throughout MD during p.m. rush hours. Plan ahead and allow extra travel time this afternoon.” Southwest Baltimore County bore the brunt of Thursday’s storm, with several houses flooding a losing roofs around Halethorpe. According to NWS, there is an 80 percent chance of precipitation Friday afternoon, turning into a 90 percent chance of precipitation with showers and thunderstorms into early Saturday. Howard County Police spokesperson Elizabeth Schroen said a couple of trees went down …
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Heavy rain may bring with it dangerous situations.
There is nothing good about the latest National Weather Service (NWS) alert. A hazardous weather outlook is calling for scattered thunderstorms Thursday evening; some may become strong with the possibility of producing damaging wind gusts and large hail. Rainfall could reach rates of two inches in less than an hour Friday, which may lead to flash flooding, so keep an eye out on nearby streams and the Patapsco River. Along with all of this comes a code orange air quality alert. That means particulate matter and other polution levels may become unhealthy, especially for asthmatics, the elderly and people with heart or lung diseases. NWS suggests avoiding strenuous activity or outdoor exercise. For more information about particulate matter—…
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Be prepared for nasty weather this week.
In case you hadn’t guessed, we may be in for some flooding. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch, which means that we may be on the way to conditions that lead to flash flooding: rain could fall at rates of one to two inches per hour at times, causing streams and creeks to rise. The next level of alert would be a flash flood warning, at which point, flooding is "in progress, imminent, or highly likely," so stay tuned. There is also a small chance that we’ll see some serious thunderstorms later today and this evening. Tie down your lawn furniture and put the car in the garage—storms could bring heavy winds and even hail. Temperatures shouldn’t get much higher today, topping out at about 67 degrees and dropping just…
Friday, March 11, 2011
Patch caught flooding and the effects of the heavy rainfall Wednesday and Thursday.
Standing Water Accumulates in Catonsville White Water Savage