Friday, October 26, 2012
Social media can help you keep up with developments as Hurricane Sandy approaches Howard County
Howard County departments are getting ready for what could be a 100-year storm as Hurricane Sandy heads toward the East Coast. “Though the track of this storm is still uncertain and may be days away, we are already fully engaged in preparations to handle what may come,” Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said in a statement. “Now is the time for residents to do the same.” Residents can find out what resources are available to them by using NotifyMeHoward, which will send email and text alerts with important news, and by “liking” the Howard County Facebook page. The county will also send out updates on Twitter: @HoCoGov. Follow Elkridge Patch on Twitter and 'like' us on Facebook to get up to date information on the hurricane's effects on …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The National Weather Service has issued the following warning.
(Updated 3:40 p.m.) A flood warning issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) Tuesday afternoon expired at 3:30 p.m.. Showers will continue to pass through the area this evening, according to NWS. Some areas may see as much as a quarter of an inch of rain by 5 p.m., but most places will see up to a tenth of an inch. -- Original article: The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flood warning for parts of Maryland, including Howard and Carroll counties. More than 2 inches of rain has fallen in some places, according to NWS and another inch may fall before the rain subsides. The warning was issued just after 12:30 p.m. and is in effect until 3:30 p.m. It extends to Howard, Montgomery, Carroll and Baltimore counties, according to …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The approaching weather looks hazardous, according to the National Weather Service.
Strong showers and thunderstorms are on the way, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), and they may bring with them additional severe weather. In its hazardous weather statement, NWS warns that the approaching storms may cause localized flash flooding, damaging winds and even isolated tornadoes. NWS issued a tornado watch for eastern and central Maryland counties at 10:55 a.m. this morning. The worst of the storms is expected Tuesday afternoon – sometime between noon and 6 p.m., according to NWS. In a statement issued Tuesday morning, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) wrote that wind gusts could damage overhead and underground equipment, causing power outages. "As BGE and our field crews prepare to respond to weather-…
Friday, August 17, 2012
It's sunny now, but severe weather may be on the way.
You may want to get your errands done this afternoon; the National Weather Service says thunderstorms may be on the way. We can expect things to stay dry and relatively sunny into the midday hours, NWS reports, but the Baltimore/DC Metro area has a good chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. According to the NWS hourly forecast, the chance of rain shoots up from 15 percent at 3 p.m. to 53 percent a 5 p.m. – just in time for the evening commute – and up to 84 percent by midnight. Storms could bring damaging winds, according to NWS. Wind can mean downed limbs and trees, which, in turn, can lead to power outages. In a letter to the editor from BGE today, Chief Customer Officer, Jeannette M. Mills, said that trees and limbs …
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Severe storms are on the way.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Howard County. The storms are producing lots of cloud-to-ground lightning and, NWS warns, "Move indoors immediately for your safety. If you can hear thunder ... you are close enough to be struck by lightning.” Along with the lightning, NWS writes in its special weather statement to expect heavy rain, which will drastically reduce visibility on the roads and may lead to areas of deep water on the streets. According to NWS, wind gusts may reach up to 50 mph. The severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 9 p.m.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
The National Weather Service is again forecasting severe weather in Howard County.
The severe thunderstorm watches and warnings may have subsided for now, but don’t be surprised if they pop up later today. There’s a 50 percent chance that Howard County will see rain and thunderstorms today, according to the National Weather Service, and an even likelier chance that storms will roll in this evening. “No watch as of now …” the NWS forecast discussion reads, “Will continue to contemplate.” In its hazardous weather outlook, NWS warns that storms that do develop again have the potential to be dangerous with high winds and localized, flash flooding. Precipitation aside, we can expect temperatures to reach the high 80s/low 90s today and drop to the mid-70s this evening. Yesterday's brush with severe weather knocked power out …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Several scenarios lead to the same outcome: more thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service.
More than 9,000 Howard County residents are still in the dark four days after a storm knocked out power to tens of thousands of residents in the area. Now the National Weather Service is reporting another storm may be on the way. "A few thunderstorms may be strong to severe with large hail and damaging wind gusts," the NWS's hazardous weather outlook reported Tuesday evening. According to the forecast discussion, a "mesoscale convective system" -- a group of thunderstorms that form a large-scale system -- was headed toward Pennsylvania earlier Tuesday evening. If that system holds, there's a 60-70 percent chance we'll see scattered thunderstorms this evening. And, "even if it weakens ... additional storms may refire along its boundary…
Sunday, July 1, 2012
The National Weather Service says a storm with hail 'the size of quarters' is nearby.
(Update 07/18, 7:30 p.m.) Many of the clouds have parted, the birds are chirping and BGE has restored power to 489 customers in Howard County after a brief encounter with the outskirts of a storm. In all, nearly 630 customers lost power Wednesday evening after a storm with 60 mph winds and large hail approached the area. A severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect until 9 p.m. (Updated 07/18, 6:20 p.m.) This evening's Sunset Serenades Summer Concerts featuring Pyrates Royal at Centennial Park, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., has been cancelled due to weather. For information about other County programs, call the program status line at 410-313-4451 after 4 p.m (Updated 07/18, 5:55 p.m.) The National Weather Service's severe thunderstorm "…