BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Much of Maryland saw severe thunderstorms move through Wednesday evening, leaving behind widespread damage and thousands without power.

More than 18,000 outages were reported at the peak of the storm. BGE said its crews served more than 1,300,000 customers.

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An MTA bus got caught in floodwaters in northeast Baltimore as a result of the storm, police said.

The Baltimore Police Department said the bus got stuck when it drove through high water in the area of 35th Street and Hillen Road around 5:20 p.m.

There were passengers on the bus at the time, but fortunately, everyone made it off safely.

Across town in northwest Baltimore, rain flooded out cars and left them scattered across sidewalks.

“The water starts splashing, next thing I know, it’s splashing in the car,” said Baltimore resident Katie Updike. “I tried to back up, and then I just started floating.

Theses intense storms also causes whipping winds that bought down trees and power lines.

In Montgomery County, branches snapped in half and blocked off roads. Officials said units handled more than 100 emergency calls in just three hours.


It was a similar scene in Columbia where a tree was uprooted. at the intersection of Gilford and Edenbrook roads.

Some areas in Maryland picked up over two inches of rain, while others picked up over three.

Above is a look at some of the rain totals that were seen across Maryland Wednesday.

Norrisville had over 3.5 inches of rain, Abingdon 3, Towson 2.50, Park Heights 2.20 and Perry Hall 2.08.

A WJZ viewer sent in a photo of lightning striking across the sky in Forest Hill.

Photo Courtesy Of Eric Spessato.

Severe storms are possible on Thursday as well, as the heatwave continues across Maryland. WJZ’s Meg McNamara said relief is on the way for the weekend.

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Kelsey Kushner


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