Montgomery County has a flood warning for Seneca Creek until Saturday morning. The weather service said the stage was at 2.7 feet at 4 p.m.; flood stage is 7.5 feet. A flood warning is also in effect through 3:45 a.m. Saturday for central St. Mary’s County in southern Maryland.
The weather service has previously warned about the threat of trees toppling because of the heavily saturated ground from all the recent rain. Trees can fall over with little or no wind in these conditions, the weather service said.
Drivers are asked to stay alert when going through wooded areas for the potential of downed trees.
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesperson Pete Piringer tweeted some photos and video Friday evening showing downed wires and trees by a road in North Potomac. A tree that fell into some wires even caught slightly on fire, and smoke started to curl into the air.
13100blk Travilah Rd, tree on wires, isolated storm, heavy rain passed thru N Potomac, PE732 awaiting PEPCO pic.twitter.com/Dq7r7o1hBi
Piringer added that the 23900 block of Stringtown Road in Clarksburg is also blocked due to downed trees and wires.
Over in Howard County, police said part of Maryland Route 97 was closed “due to multiple trees down and other storm-related issues.” Though the road reopened later, police are still asking drivers to avoid the area since other nearby roads may still be closed.
UPDATE: Route 97 is now OPEN, but some other roads in the area are closed. Continue to avoid the area if possible and use caution. Treat spotlights that are out as four-way stops. https://t.co/IcsT6Auy9x
Storm Team 4 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts said Saturday is looking better with lower humidity, sun and temperatures in the 80s. Isolated showers and storms are in the forecast Sunday evening, but the rest of the day is expected to stay dry.
The rainy pattern is expected to return next week as well, with day after day of showers. Ricketts said rain in the upcoming workweek isn’t expected to be as intense as this past week, but the area still should look out for the threat of flooding.
Here’s the weather outlook:
Saturday: Small drop in humidity, mostly sunny. Highs: mid 80s.
Sunday: Increasing clouds. Warm and slightly more humid again. An isolated late-day shower or thunderstorm. Highs: mid to upper 80s.
Monday: Mostly cloudy. Warm and humid. An isolated late-day shower or thunderstorm. Highs: lower to mid 80s.
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WTOP’s Jack Pointer contributed to this report.
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