Shortly after 5 pm Sunday, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Baltimore and the surrounding area. Initially issued until 5:30 pm and then to 6:15 pm, it was updated to extend until 8:30 pm for Baltimore, Waldorf and Glen Burnie.
The warning said the storms could include winds up to 60 mph and penny-sized hail and could hit Columbia, Glen Burnie, Rockville, Bowie, Aspen Hill, Elkton, Aberdeen and Havre de Grace. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Washington, DC, until 8 pm
A severe thunderstorm warning is more serious than a thunderstorm watch and indicates that a dangerous storm has already been spotted. A thunderstorm watch had been issued for Baltimore and the surrounding area until 9 pm
At 6:09 pm, a severe thunderstorm was observed over Reagan National Airport in Washington, moving east at 15 mph, according to the NWS, which warned that winds would “cause some trees and large branches to fall” and that “localized power outages are possible.”
The Orioles’ home game against the Tampa Bay Rays, tied 6-6 after the Orioles scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth, was delayed at 5:30 pm due to the storm. Play was resumed at 6:21 pm, following a 51-minute delay, with the Orioles eventually winning in the 11th inning.
The NWS also issued a special marine warning for the Chesapeake Bay from Pooles Island to Sandy Point, including the Baltimore Harbor, until 9 pm