Maryland Tornado Alert: The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the Baltimore region until 9 p.m. Thursday night.
A 70 percent probability of rain is predicted to begin around 2 p.m. Showers and thunderstorms are possible until Friday morning.
Hail up to two inches in diameter and destructive wind gusts of up to 20 mph are possible during thunderstorms. According to NWS, isolated instances of flash flooding are also probable. On Friday, the weather is predicted to improve, with temperatures reaching the mid-80s.
Baltimore Harbor and sections of Chesapeake Bay are also under a NWS small craft advisory through Friday AM.
The larger Washington, D.C. metro region, sections of western Maryland, southern Maryland, and Worcester County are all under a severe thunderstorm watch. As of Thursday, 9 p.m., the restriction is still in force.
Meteorologist Meg McNamara says people should be aware of the danger. In the Baltimore area, the threat level is low. Places to the north and east of the city are at a higher risk of flooding.
It is possible that these storms may bring strong winds and big hail. According to the National Weather Service, localized tornadoes and floods are both possibilities.