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Flood Watch in Effect Thursday, Torrential Rain Expected

by on June 12, 2013 5:50 PM

A flood watch has been issued for the State College and Centre County region beginning at 2 a.m. Thursday. Heavy rain is expected throughout the day -- a real soaker.

The flood watch, issued by the National Weather Service, will last last until 8 p.m. Thursday.

According to Andy Mussolini, a meteorologist at AccuWeather.com, rain will begin shortly after midnight tonight. But the heaviest rainfall is expected to occur between 4 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Mussolini says that the precipitation may stop and start again at some point  but there will be “no significant dry periods.”

An estimated 2-3 inches of rainfall is expected and could be higher in some places.

“That amount can cause flooding in certain areas,” Mussolini says. “Places most vulnerable are small streams and anywhere with really poor drainage.”

The approaching storm will be surprisingly ferocious for mid-June.

“It’s unusual how potent this storm appears to be for this time of year,” says Mussolini. “A high amount of heat and humidity is also a contributing factor there.”

There is a bit of good news though. Mussolini says State College should avoid the most severe weather including damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes.

Severe weather could result in problems for some areas just south of central Pennsylvania.

Be sure to check back for the latest AccuWeather forecast update by clicking here.



Drew Balis is a Penn State graduate, freelance reporter and frequent contributor to StateCollege.com.
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