Updated (2:25 p.m.)—The National Weather Service placed Harford County and most of Maryland under a tornado watch until 5 p.m. Monday but at 2 p.m. lifted the watch, stating that most of the storms had moved east.
According to Harford County Emergency Operations Manager Rick Ayers, the local threat was expected to peak between noon and 6 p.m. Monday.
The weather service issued the tornado watch at 9 a.m. for the following areas: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George's, Queen Anne's, Talbot and Washington counties, in addition to Baltimore City.
A tornado watch means that weather conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service. Residents should be alert and prepare for severe weather.
While the watch expired, Harford County is under a coastal flood advisory, which indicates that low-lying areas may be prone to flooding due to winds and tides. High tide in Havre de Grace is 12 p.m. and 12:01 a.m.
"At this time, the line of storms is near Washington D.C. and will probably not affect our area for a few hours," Ayers said just after 9 a.m. "Please monitor approaching storms and take shelter if necessary."
Until Tuesday, a small craft advisory remains in effect for all Maryland waters, the National Weather Service reported.