Flood watch in effect; here's how much rain we could get

Ocean City officials issued a statement Tuesday about potential flooding from a Tuesday into Wednesday storm

Ocean City officials issued a statement Tuesday about potential flooding from a Tuesday into Wednesday storm

While flash flooding is a condition that typically occurs near rivers, Ocean City can experience conditions similar to flash flooding if heavy rain coincides with high tide.

As of 10:30 p.m., the weather service said heavy rain in the county caused flooding, with reports of up to 6 inches of rain in some areas.

Flood stage is 19.5 feet.

Floods in Frederick County stranded a MARC train on Tuesday night with 85 passengers on board and resulted in about 60 water rescues.


The flood stage may be reached by early Tuesday afternoon.

Additional scattered thunderstorms were expected Monday afternoon into the evening across the entire county, according to an alert from the service. Expect flooding of some islands and low areas, with minor impacts for parks and trails along the river.

Friday's forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high of 69 and a 50 percent chance of showers after noon. It is never safe to drive or walk through flood waters. A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding base on current forecasts.

Amanda Bowen, a meteorologist at the weather service, said the flooding could last for a few days to a few weeks. Through Friday, a measure of atmospheric moisture from the ground up to cloud level, known as total precipitable water, is forecast to be near record levels (possibly near or exceeding two inches).

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