the second time two years, Main Street in Ellicott City was transformed into a raging river due to thunderstorms that unload torrential rain. The National Weather Service issued a distress call for the city at 16:40. and reported several water rescue operations underway.
"This is an extremely dangerous and potentially catastrophic situation," warned the National Weather Service . The floods on Sunday unfolded similar to those of the 2016 torrent, where 6 inches of rain fell in two hours and two people died.
Radar suggests that more than 8 inches of rain have fallen around Ellicott City and Catonsville. A weather station in Catonsville registered nearly 13 inches of rain on Sunday afternoon in just three hours.
The emergency in Ellicott City was originally in force until 19:30, but was extended until 22:30. Another emergency warning was issued for places along the Patapsco River in the districts of Anne Arundel, Howard and Baltimore at about 6 pm where reports of the extent of the flood already appeared.
Officials urge anyone in this area to seek higher heights without driving through flooded streets.
Radar shows 3 to 6 inches of rain has fallen in just two hours and it continues to rain heavily. Immediately south of Ellicott City, the radar had dropped to a height of 7 to 8 inches – an incredible amount of rain in such a short time.
In the zone between Ellicott City, heavy thunderstorms have formed and reformed and Baltimore, discharging extreme rains in a process known as training. Flooding was also reported in downtown Baltimore and Columbia.
Humidity – near record highs – has fueled the onslaught of storms.
Here are some photos and videos that have come so far. Please note that these videos are unedited and contain nasty phrases.