As the remnants of the Tropical Depression Ida brought violent storms into Maryland, a tornado is detected via radar in Anne Arundel County, according to the National Weather Service.
A dark funnel cloud is apparently seen sweeping over the area on video shot in and near Annapolis, with the apparent tornado sending debris flying into the sky.
Images of downed tree limbs and electricity cables on a highway surfaced.
As storms capable of creating tornadoes swept across areas of Harford and Baltimore counties, meteorologists advised residents to take cover.
A band of heavy rain has already fallen inches in areas of the Baltimore area, leading the Maryland State Fair to close for the day and public schools in Baltimore, Howard, and Harford counties to dismiss students early due to the bad weather forecast.
Here’s what you need to know about the storm, which is expect to dump up to 6 inches of rain in certain areas:
Tornado Watch forecasters say a tornado has been verified by radar in the Annapolis region.
The National Weather Service has upgraded tornado watches in Anne Arundel, Harford, and Baltimore
counties to tornado warnings, citing an imminent threat of tornadoes.
forecasters say a tornado has been verified by radar in the Annapolis region.
The National Weather Service had already issued a tornado warning for Baltimore City and the counties of
Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard.
It lasts until 7 p.m. and encompasses Washington’s affluent suburbs, as well as areas of Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore.
According to the weather service, nearly the entire Baltimore metropolitan region is still under a flash flood watch.
The warning will be in effect until Thursday morning, with meteorologists advising locals to stay up to current on forecasts in case any areas are upgraded to a flash flood warning.
“Not only will this level of heavy rainfall result in significant flash flooding of creeks, small streams, and urban areas, but it will also result in river flooding on the major stem rivers,” forecasters stated.
According to the meteorological service’s Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center, the water level in the Severn River in Annapolis is already extremely high, prompting a coastal flood watch for Anne Arundel County from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning.
So The Storm Prediction Center of the National Weather Service predicted a 10 percent possibility of tornadoes in Baltimore and parts of Maryland.
On Wednesday, the entire region was at a higher danger of severe weather.
What can be expected?
A respite in precipitation preceded the full effects of Ida, which forecasts anticipate will arrive Wednesday
the afternoon after dropping as much as 2.5 inches of rain in some sections of the Baltimore region.
Around 1 p.m., showers and thunderstorms should begin to form, with some of the storms expected to
produce damaging gusts and heavy rain.
A southeast breeze will blow at 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph, bringing the temperature to around 80 degrees.
Ida is predicting to deliver “embedded supercell” thunderstorms with “torrential rainfall” to D.C.
metro area and north, according to meteorologists with the National Weather Service.
Overall, experts predict 3 to 6 inches of rain, while some areas may experience more.
Meteorologists said in the discussion that strong atmospheric instability, together with lengthy spells of rainfall, might prepare the way for violent thunderstorms and tornadoes in the afternoon.
“There will be a lot of wind in the atmosphere,” Connor Belak, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Virginia, predicted.
The wind will change to the northwest and pick up in strength later in the evening.
Gusts of up to 25 mph are expect as the temperature drops to as low as 60 degrees.
By 2 a.m., the storms should have passed.
So The weather forced Anne Arundel County Public Schools to cancel all school-sponsored activities, including sports and back-to-school events.
”School system employees are removing from buildings as soon as it is safe to do so, and they should
proceed cautiously home or to another location.
So Students who are taking refuge in buildings will give information by school officials on how to arrange
for their families to fetch them up.
Students will be supervise at schools until they are taking up, according to schools spokesperson Bob Mosier.
Baltimore City’s public schools, as well as those in Baltimore and Howard counties, are being close
three hours early.
In the counties, all after-school programs cancel, and Baltimore City Public Schools has declared that its
the district office building will close at 1 p.m.
Schools in Harford County are closing at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.
Although students have not yet returned to class, administrators are requesting that employees work