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Heavy Rains Trigger Flood Warnings, Minor Flooding Across Area

by on May 16, 2014 7:15 AM

Update: The National Weather Service has again extended a Flood Warning for Southeastern Centre County, until 5 p.m. Friday.


A night of heavy rain has sent runoff surging into streams and rivers across Central Pennsylvania, raising the possibility of flooding in many areas.

Early Friday, the National Weather Service posted a Flood Warning for Urban Areas and Small Streams for Southeastern Centre County. That warning was set to expire at 9:45 a.m. but has been extended until noon. A Flash Flood Watch that was posted yesterday will remain in effect until 2 p.m. Friday.

Areas that could see flooding include State College, Boalsburg, Lemont, Houserville and Pine Grove Mills.

Spring Creek is running over its banks in low lying areas of College Township. The baseball field at Spring Creek Park is under water, along with some nearby walking trails. No damage is reported. You can watch video of the flooding below:

If you see flooding you must act quickly and move to higher ground. The weather service warns people not to stay in areas prone to flooding when water levels begin to rise.

AccuWeatherSenior Meteorologist Tom Kines says, "In and around State College a lot of places are checking in with between two and three inches of rain."

According to Kines the heaviest rain has passed to our east but the flood warnings are still warranted. "There is a little bit of lag time between the time the heavy rain ends and the water reaches creeks," he says.

State College Police says there are reports of some minor flooding in surrounding communities. Penn's Creek Road in Gregg Township was closed because of flooding.

Temperatures will be cooling off with highs in the mid-60s and lows in the 40s for the next several days. "The good news is the heavy rain is done with," says Kines. "Most of the day will be generally rain free. It's going to be a cooler day. There are lots of clouds around. Temperatures will struggle to reach 60 degrees."

Click HERE for the latest forecast from AccuWeather.

Editors Note: This story continues updated information concerning Flood Warnings from the National Weather Service

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