Cars parked at BWI damaged by flood

Heavy rain leads to flooding, swiftvehicle rescues

BALTIMORE - Heavy rain led to flash flooding, road closures and vehicle rescues across the Baltimore area Tuesday.

Heavy rains across the area led to a flash flood warning being placed in effect across much of the Baltimore region through 3:45 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

As much as two inches of rain has already fallen in parts of the state with several more inches possible in some areas. In addition, the warning has been extended to 5:15 p.m. in Anne Arundel County, which has reported swift-water rescues in Linthicum Heights, Brooklyn Park, Glen Burnie and Pasadena.

ABC2 meteorologist Mike Masco said BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport at point point got 1.3 inches of rain in 25 minutes. The National Weather Service reported  that shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday, 5.76 inches of rain had fallen at the airport since 8 a.m. That breaks a record rainfall set on Aug. 12, 1955, when 4.91 inches of rain fell.

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Also, there is a flash flood and coastal flood advisory in effect in Harford County until 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Already, northbound I-895 was temporarily closed just before the Harbor Tunnel because of high water, according to the Maryland Transit Authority. There were also reports of five people being rescued in vehicles facing flooding waters at West Patapsco Avenue and Potee Street, Baltimore fire officials reported. In all, Baltimore fire crews have responded to at least 17 rescues as of 5:10 p.m.

The rain has already forced the cancelation of tonight’s Orioles game against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards.

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