Flash Flood Watch in affect.
Violent thunderstorms are expected to come to our region on Thursday. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Frederick, Carroll, Montgomery and Howard Counties in Maryland, and County, Virginia until Thursday evening. A flash flood watch is in affect in Jefferson and Berkeley Counties in West Virginia until Thursday afternoon.
"We have an elevated risk of more severe weather then would be typical than just a summer thunder shower," says Jack Markey, Director of Emergency Management for Frederick County.
He says the biggest problem could be flash flooding. "Due to our large number of streams, and two rivers that are around the county," says Markey . He urges anyone who has to drive in this weather not to travel across roadways which are underwater. Motorists may be unable to detect the depth of the water.
In addition to flooding, the storms could bring powerful winds and the possibility of a tornado. He says homeowners should bring all lawn furniture inside. "Evaluate the deck chairs and other things that are to being blown around in the wind, and make sure they secure them," says Markey .
It's almost similar to the derechio which came through the region last June. But meteorologists say it's hard to predict this weather phenomenon, although they acknowledge that this storm system could generate a derechio, a straight line of strong winds.