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Penn State Football Fans Warned to Watch for Storms, Stadium Evacuation Routes Set Up as Precaution

by on September 06, 2014 7:47 AM

Keep one eye at the field and one eye on the sky at the Penn State-Akron game – thunderstorms are possible throughout the morning and afternoon. 

Accuweather meteorologist Dan Pydynowski says that there is a chance for scattered storms throughout the day, gradually increasing in likelihood through the afternoon.

Penn State is “carefully monitoring” the weather for Saturday.

“While it looks as if there is a window of opportunity during the game to avoid any storms that involve lightning, we want our patrons to remain vigilant and follow any directions provided for seeking shelter – even if they are tailgating in the lots – and be aware of the potential for revised schedules for pregame activities,” says Mark Bodenschatz, Penn State associate athletic director for facilities and operations, in a news release.

The university released showing color-coded evacuation routes fans should use in the event of lightning during the game.

The stadium’s loudspeaker will be used to give instructions to fans if the need arises. If a lightning storm does occur fans will be asked to stay in their vehicles or to go to one of the pre-designated shelters: The Bryce Jordan Center on the corner of University Drive and Curtain Road; Medlar Field near the intersection of Curtain and Porter roads; the East Parking Deck near the corner of Bigler and Curtain roads. The university may open further shelters needed.

"This is a chance we could see any showers or storms primarily in the afternoon hours, meaning the start of the game should probably be dry," Pydynowski says, adding that it's possible that the rain could hold off until the game ends.

He estimates there's a 40 to 45 percent chance of rain, though any precipitation will be scattered across the area. He also says that even if it does rain, that doesn't necessarily mean that the area will see lightning.

You can check the latest Accuweather forecast by clicking HERE.

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