STEVENSVILLE The heavy rain that pounded Queen Anne's County Tuesday night Dec. 8 into Wednesday morning Dec. 9 produced standing water in a lot of front yards and some minor flooding on a few area roads.

The same system also brought strong winds and warnings on the Bay during the second half of last week

Law enforcement agencies in the county said they had no reports of any major problems following the downpour. Maryland State Police and the Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office said there were a few flooded roads during the period but no serious traffic accidents.

Before the rain stopped around 8:30 a.m. Dec. 9 motorists contended with heavy downpours and spray from other vehicles, especially on multi-lane highways.

The National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, N.J., recorded 1.80 inches of rain in Stevensville by 9:28 a.m. Dec. 9. On Kent Island, there was standing water in many residential yards and in drainage ditches alongside roads that morning. Signs warning of high water were seen on Bay City Road and Route 18 at Love Point Road in Stevensville, but vehicles were having no difficulty getting around the water at mid-morning Wednesday.

Along Route 213 north of Centreville, many farm fields had large areas of standing water early Wednesday.

A flash flood watch was in effect for Queen Anne's, Talbot and Kent counties until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

On the Bay and on the Chester River as far as Queenstown, a small craft advisory was in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday. That was followed a gale warning that remained in effect through Thursday afternoon. A small craft advisory was then issued and remained in effect until Friday afternoon.

Winds on the Bay Wednesday night were 20 to 25 knots with gusts as high as 40 knots after midnight. Those high winds continued throughout the day Thursday with gusts reaching 30 to 35 knots. Waves on the Bay and the lower Chester River were two to three feet said the National Weather Service.

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