UPDATE (7:35 p.m.) -- "At 2:21 p.m. this afternoon lightning struck the air traffic control tower at Baltimore Washington International Airport," according to Federal Aviation Administration officials. "The tower is not handling any air traffic operations at this time and the FAA’s Potomac Consolidated Terminal radar approach control facility has assumed control of the airspace. All information is preliminary and subject to change."
UPDATE -- As severe thunderstorms make their way through the region, there are reports of buildings and people being struck by lightning.
This includes a person being struck by lightning near the intersection of Old Eastern Ave and Hopkins Landing Road in Essex and a building struck along the 7000 block of Quad Ave. in North Point. There was also a report of a lightning strike at a home on King Square in Middle River.
In addition, BWI -Marshall had been temporarily shutdown due to possible lightning strikes for service being at least partially restored by 4:50 p.m. Two runways remain closed, although air traffic control is moving, the airport announced on its official Twitter page .
The severe weather will soon b e followed by clearing skies and cooler temperatures.
Stay with ABC2 News for additional details.
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