5"-6" of rain coming; "Turn Around, Don't Drown!"
UPDATE, 1:20 P.M.: The weather service has issued a Flash FLood Emergency UNTIL 2:30 P.M. for Baltimore's western and southern suburbs:
"THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION! RAINFALL OF TWO TO FIVE INCHES HAS FALLEN IN
THE LAST THREE HOURS. HEAVY RAIN WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE INTO THIS
AREA AND ANOTHER ONE TO TWO INCHES OF RAIN IS LIKELY...WITH ISOLATED
"LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO WOODLAWN...
CITY...ELKRIDGE...ELDERSBURG...COLUMBIA AND CATONSVILLE"
Forecasters at the National Weather Service office in Sterling are warning of extraordinary rainfall in the region Wednesday afternoon, and urging residents of Central Maryland NOT to try to drive through flooded streets.
"Due to the large string of heavy rain that extends to the south, this will likely be a big story this afternoon and into the evening," said Christopher Strong, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at Sterling.
"Some of this rain is expected to fall at 2 inches per hour rates, and some of our area may see up to 5 or 6 inches of rain this afternoon," Strong said. "I would expect in the DC Metro and western Baltimore metro that there will be many water rescues and flooded roads."
"Please encourage people to 'Turn Around/Don't Drown" for flooded roads, and to have kids stay away from flooding culverts (there have been several deaths over the years from this)."
UPDATE: The State Highway Administration is warning of a difficult commute due to high water on roads and heavy rain. Plan accordingly.
Meanwhile, Ellicott City is being hit hard. Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services are responding to several calls of flooding and motorists stranded, a spokesperson said. Areas of concern are Main Street in Ellicott City and Frederick Road at the Rogers Avenue intersection. See a YouTube video of the flooding here.
The Baltimore City Fire Department is also busy dealing with flooding issues. BCFD units are on the scene in the 3400 block of Spellman Road in Cherry Hill assisting residents from their homes due to flooding, a spokesman said.
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(PHOTO: Thanks to Andy Blumberg. Looking southeast from the Legg Mason Tower)