A flash flood watch was also in effect along the southeast coast through Tuesday afternoon.
As a reminder, NEVER drive through flood waters. "But at the same time, if we don't get that much rain, the forecast could change and go down a little bit". CBS Baltimore reports that Ellicott City, which has been recovering from a devastating flood from July 2016, was getting deluged by unsafe flood waters Sunday afternoon, which has prompted a flash flood emergency.
Repeated rounds of strong thunderstorms will produce heavy rainfall through this evening.
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Authorities have no immediate report of any injuries or fatalities though information is still preliminary. The focus of the heavy rain and gusty winds has primarily been near and west of I-65. A number of roads are blocked by flooding, but the exact number was not immediately available. The Howard County Fire & EMS agency also tweeted that waters had risen above the first floor of some buildings at the height of the flash flooding.
A Flood Warning has been issued until 8:15 p.m. for Fairfax County and City of Fairfax in Virginia.
Flash flooding is the number one storm-related killer in the United States.
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Officials advise to not cross flooded roadways and to seek higher ground.
Ellicott City, just west of Baltimore, is consistently ranked among the best places to live in America by Money magazine.
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