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Strong thunderstorms a possibility later today

August 25, 2011

A fast-moving thunderstorm swept through Washington County on Thursday morning, and more strong storms could be on the way later in the day.

The morning thunderstorm, which moved north and east through Berkeley County, W.Va., to Washington County and into Frederick County at 40 miles per hour between 7 and 8 a.m., dropped 0.36 inch of rain on Hagerstown and produced winds up to 29 mph, according to weather observer Greg Keefer's website.

The National Weather Service says a cold front will trigger showers and thunderstorms on Thursday afternoon and evening.

The storms could produce damaging wind gusts and locally large hail, the weather service said.

"Heavy rainfall in a short period of time may also lead to flash flooding," a statement from the weather service said.

A flash flood watch has been posted for all Maryland counties east of the Blue Ridge from noon until midnight, the NWS statement said.

• For the latest forecasts and live radar reports, see The Herald-Mail's weather page.

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