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UPDATED: June 13, 2014 4:40 p.m.

LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Rain will stick around in the Baltimore and Washington area Friday after powerful storms toppled trees, downed power lines and flooded roadways throughout the region for two days.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the entire D.C.-Baltimore region until 10 p.m Friday.

Showers and thunderstorms are forecast Friday as storms moves out of the area for the weekend.

Heavy downpours returned Thursday afternoon after several inches of rain fell Wednesday.

Montgomery County was particularly hard hit Wednesday as at least two house fire were sparked by lightning strikes. Emergency crews responded to nearly a dozen water rescues involving cars stuck in high water Wednesday night, according to the Montgomery County Fire Department.

The two house fires believed to have been caused by lightning began in the Potomac area around 9 p.m., according to Montgomery County Fire spokesman Pete Piringer.

Two firefighters were injured in a condominium fire in the 1600 block of Yale Place in Rockville after lightning apparently struck the roof of the complex, authorities say. Officials estimate the blaze caused $100,000 and displaced 16 residents from four units.

The storms also left thousands without power overnight.

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