Spotty storms drop up to 3.5 inches
Overnight thunderstorms dropped as much as 3.5 inches of rain in some locations across Central Maryland. But while the slow-moving tropical downpours were intense, they were also spotty, dropping more than in inch, for example, in Bel Air, but almost nothing in Elkton. BWI reported just 0.10 inch.
The highest rain totals in the region were recorded north of Towson. Jacksonville reported 3.58 inches in the 24 hours ending at 8 this morning. We clocked 3.06 inches on the WeatherDeck in Cockeysville overnight, bringing the 24-hour total to 4.14 inches. That's more than a month's worth of rain in 24 hours.
The deluge flooded sections of Papermill Road and York Road at Beaver Run. Downed trees and power outages were widespread elsewhere across the region. For more, click here.
The lightning shot is another great photo from James Willinghan, in Howard County.
Here are some other 24-hour rain totals from the CoCoRaHS Network:
Cockeysville: 2.17 inches
Ellicott City: 1.33 inches
Bel Air: 1.08 inches
Catonsville: 1.02 inches
Columbia: 0.76 inch
Baltimore: 0.58 inch
Reisterstown: 0.52 inch
Towson: 0.32 inch
Severn: 0.13 inch
Westminster: 0.07 inch
The forecast from Sterling calls for more of the same later today (Friday). As much as 1 to 2 inches of additional rain is possible overnight tonight, then ending Saturday morning.
(PHOTO: James Willinghan. Used with permission.)