A pair of volatile storms pelted the Washington region with enough rain to trigger flash flooding in dozens of places Friday, but they spared the area from tornado devastation that forecasters had feared.
A tornado did no damage when it touched down inside the perimeter of Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport at 7:19 p.m. There also were reports of severe wind damage in two places north of Baltimore — Fallston and Finksburg — but it was unclear whether it was caused by tornadoes.
Closer to Washington, there were several tornado warnings but there was no evidence that fallen trees, downed power lines and other wind damage were the work of a true twister.
The first storm arrived just as schools were letting out and evening rush hour neared, turning the exodus toward home and weekend destinations into a mass of stalled traffic.
Bursts of hail and rain that fell fast and hard slowed drivers and blocked many of them as dips in secondary roads filled with water.