Expect heavy rain, flash floods and tidal flooding as Isaias hits the region

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Tropical storm Isaias is expected to make landfall tonight in the Carolinas as a hurricane. Marylanders can expect to feel effects from Isaias beginning tonight, but the greatest impacts are expected Tuesday. Heavy rain is expected in central and eastern Maryland, with as much as 5-7 inches of rainfall forecasted, and flash floods and tidal flooding are likely. Heavy winds could topple trees and cause power outages. A westward shift in the storm track could also create a greater impact in western Maryland.

What’s open, Baltimore? Local institutions await your arrival

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As the lockdown has progressed over the months, we’ve learned how to make concessions between needs and wants, particularly when it comes to enjoying nature and culture. While most local cultural institutions like the American Visionary Art Museum and The Walters Art Museum are closed, here are a handful of open institutions that are waiting for you. Check their websites or call for current information before you venture forth, and remember to wear your mask.

Maryland public middle and high schools postpone fall and winter sports seasons during first semester

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The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association in consultation with the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, the Maryland Department of Health, and the Public School Superintendent Association of Maryland has decided to postpone the 2020 high school fall and winter competition season during the first semester.

Maryland’s coronavirus hospitalizations decrease slightly

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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depicts the exterior structure of the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19. Image courtesy of CDC.

Coronavirus-related hospitalizations in Maryland decreased slightly by five patients on Monday after dropping by 39 patients on Sunday, according to data that the state released today.

Before that, the number of Marylanders hospitalized due to COVID-19 had been rising for about three weeks, and the state still has over 100 more coronavirus patients than it did a month ago.

Guinness Open Gate Brewery marks two years with two new beers

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Courtesy of Guinness Open Gate Brewery.

The Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Halethorpe is turning two on Aug. 3. And while the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the brewery to cancel events and limit the size of crowds, the production of delicious beer has continued on.

To celebrate its second anniversary, the brewery is releasing two new beers–including one inspired by a favorite Baltimore summer treat.

Goucher’s fall classes will be entirely online due to coronavirus

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A view of the campus at Goucher College. Photo by Rob Coyle, via Flickr.

Goucher College will conduct the upcoming fall semester entirely online, the college’s president Kent Devereaux announced on Friday, citing recent increases in some of the state’s coronavirus metrics.

“The Fall Reopening Task Force explored many options before coming to this difficult, but necessary decision,” Devereaux said in a statement. “We all want to be living and learning together as a community, as is the Goucher tradition. However, we cannot ignore the scientific data that has guided us throughout this process.”