Severe thunderstorm watch issued Wednesday

July 09, 2014|By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

One more day of heat, humidity and possible storms this week are forecast Wednesday, with highs approaching 90 degrees. A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for most of central Maryland until 10 p.m.

Dew points are forecast in the upper 60s, an uncomfortable level of humidity, but waning throughout the day. About a 30 percent chance of storms is expected.

Lower humidity and highs in the mid-80s are forecast Thursday, with partly cloudy skies and slight storm chances.

Drier air is forecast Friday and Saturday, with partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-80s. Humidity and storm chances are expected to return Sunday.

Following Tuesday's storm, there are several power outages across the state. BGE reported more than 7,700 power outages, affecting roughly 13 percent of customers, in Carroll County as of 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, though the number had dropped to about 4,700 by early Wednesday morning. By early Wednesday morning, more than 5,000 people remained without power in Harford County and more than 7,000 remained without power in Baltimore County. Nearly 42,000 of the region's 1.2 million customers were out of service Tuesday night.

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