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Maryland weather: Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Baltimore early Sunday evening; Orioles resume after rain delay

Shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Baltimore and the surrounding area. Initially issued until 5:30 p.m., the warning was later updated to last until 6:15 p.m. for Baltimore, Dundalk and Towson.

Storms, which could include winds up to 60 mph and penny-sized hail, were also possible in Columbia, Glen Burnie, Rockville, Bowie, Aspen Hill and Washington D.C. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Elkton, Aberdeen and Havre de Grace until 7 p.m.

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 p.m.

At 6:09 p.m., 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 p.m. due to the storm. Play was resumed at 6:21 p.m., following a 51-minute delay.

The NWS also issued a special marine warning for the Chesapeake Bay from Pooles Island to Sandy Point, including the Baltimore Harbor, until 6:45 p.m.

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