The sky over Dundalk and the surrounding area is densely overcast, serving to illustrate the 90 percent chance of rain that's possible Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.
According to the National Weather Service, up to three-fourths of an inch of rain could fall Friday afternoon, with up to one inch more possible through 3 a.m. Saturday.
Thunderstorms are possible, as well.
There's a flash flood watch in effect until 11 p.m. Friday for the Washington D.C./Baltimore Metropolitan area.
And there's a hazardous weather outlook in effect, because thunderstorms are possible through Thursday, July 26, as the temperature cools, according to the NWS.
The high Friday is expected to be 83 degrees, with a low of 71 degrees.
On Saturday, expect a high of 78 degrees, and a low of 74 degrees.
Because more rain and storms are forecast, Baltimore Public Works offers the following tips to prepare, be safe and avoid flooding, according to a news release:
- Contain trash and clean up litter. Blocked storm drains from trash is the leading cause of flooding. Secure it to keep it from blowing around in high winds, and keep grates cleared of debris. If you see a storm drain full of trash, call 311 immediately.
- Don't park on top of storm drains. Keep these clear so that water can flow away freely.
- Keep a supply of bottled water for drinking and containers of water for sanitation. Power outages and other storm effects can impact the water system and therefore water service to your home.
- Protect your home. Monitor the sump pump in your basement. If you use a generator for back-up power don't operate it indoors or outside near open windows or doors, because carbon monoxide from generators can kill.
- Stay away from streams and areas that flood. Heavy rains and high tides can cause flash flooding and unexpectedly deep standing water and therefore the potential for drowning.
- Listen for emergency updates on local TV, radio and web services. The Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management provides vital information on preparing for emergencies. Visit their website. http://emergency.baltimorecity.gov/
Do you have any other tips to add to this list? And, if you know of any areas that are prone to flooding, please share them in the comments box.