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Weather Alert: Flood Watch in Baltimore Friday

Rain, heavy at times, is expected to continue through this evening.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for parts of Maryland including Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, and Harford Counties.

The Flood Watch is in effect through this evening.

According to NWS, two or more inches of rain are possible across the Baltimore metro area Friday morning  with rain expected to continue through the evening hours.

One to three inches of rain has already fallen across the Watch area over the past day and according to NWS, that amount of rainfall could cause small stream and urban flooding.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Tips for driving through water from Weather.com:
  • Do not drive through flooded areas. If you see a flooded-out road ahead, turn around. Find another route to your destination.
  • If there is no other route, get to higher ground and wait for the waters to subside.
  • Even if the water appears shallow enough to cross, don't try it. Water hides dips in the road. Worse yet, there may be no road at all under the water. Flooding can scour away the entire road surface and a significant amount of ground beneath.
  • If your car stalls, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.
  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control or possible stalling.
  • One foot of water will float almost many vehicles.
  • Two feet of rushing water can sweep away most vehicles — including SUVs and pick-ups.

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