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Flash Flood Warning Issued for State College Area

by on June 16, 2017 5:21 PM

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning until 8 p.m. on Friday for south central Centre County, including State College.

Thunderstorms moving eastward through the area began producing heavy rain at about 5 p.m. over State College and Bellefonte, and NWS said doppler radar indicated that the storms were nearly stationary. By 5:10 p.m. more than 1 inch of rain had already fallen near Zion.

"A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring," NWS said. "If you are in the warned area move to higher ground immediately. Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate  precautions to protect life and property."

NWS also advises to avoid driving or walking through flooded areas.

Storms will continue to produce heavy rain for at least an hour, until after 6 p.m. An additional 1 to 2 inches of rain are possible.

Flash flooding is expected. NWS said locations that will experience flooding include State College, Bellefonte, Port Matilda, Ramblewood, Zion, Pine Grove Mills, Madisonburg, Houserville, Milesburg and Bald Eagle State Park.

"Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots," the warning said.

(Image by National Weather Service at State College)



Geoff Rushton is managing editor for StateCollege.com. Contact him at geoff.rushton@statecollege.com or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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