On the afternoon of Sunday, May 27, heavy rains caused flash floods in the Baltimore area (Maryland). The Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, declared a state of emergency throughout Howard County; the state of emergency will be in effect until 10:30 (local time) on Sunday. A flash flood alert has also been issued for the Catonsville area of Baltimore. According to reports, multiple building suffered damages. The severe flooding has led to significant transportation disruptions in the abovementioned areas. Further disruptions are anticipated in the coming hours.
Individuals present in affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly hit by flooding, prepare for associated transportation disruptions, and adhere to any orders issued by the local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders). Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.