Thursday Evening Storm Caused High Waters, Put Fire and Rescue on Condition Red

Via MCFRS Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer.

On Thursday parts of Montgomery County were under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning, Tornado Warning and/or Flash Flood Warning. 

Storms passed through the county and caused power outages, road closures and flooding. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer said MCFRS was on “Condition Red” because so many calls were coming in about lightning, cars in water, wires down and more. Piringer said emergency communications answered about 50 to 60 calls between 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, about one every minute. Overall, MCFRS responded to 361 incidents on Thursday, he said.

Rockville, Gaithersburg, Kensington and Silver Spring were some affected areas. Piringer tweeted that Beach Drive, in the Kensington area, was closed due to high water from Grosvenor Lane to Stoneybrook Drive. Parts of Sligo Creek Parkway in Silver Spring and Takoma Park were also closed.

The National Weather Service (NWS) Baltimore/Washington said as of Thursday night all strong thunderstorms and tornadoes had passed and as of early Friday morning, all flood warnings had expired. Montgomery Parks tweeted Friday morning that all natural surface trails are closed and many athletic fields are closed. 

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Maryam Shahzad

About Maryam Shahzad

Maryam is a reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in December with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. Maryam loves visual media and always says the movie is better than the book. She can be reached at or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.


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