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Severe Thunderstorm Brings Hail, Heavy Winds, and Flooded Roads

by on April 20, 2015 8:36 PM

A powerful line of thunderstorms crashed through State College Monday evening, bringing torrential rain, hail the size of ping pong balls and flash flooding in some areas.

The National Weather Service posted a Tornado Watch and a Flood Advisory as the storms approached.

Multiple areas of Atherton Street were shut down temporarily due to road flooding, according to Alpha Fire Company. 

Sections of College Avenue experienced flooding as well, with at least one vehicle reportedly getting stuck in the deluge.

The band room at the State College High School's North Building had about three to four inches of water on the floor, a fairly regular occurrence during heavy downpours. Memorial Field, the school district's outdoor sports facility, was submerged under several inches of water. Flooding there is also commonplace.

Both the Alpha Fire Company and the State College Police Department say the storm did not cause any serious damage.

AccuWeather meteorologist Evan Duffey reports an inch and a half of rain fell in State College during the storm, with hail precipitation reaching up to an inch in some parts of central Pennsylvania, which Duffey says is considered "severe."

"There were plenty of reports of pea-sized hail coating the ground in town," Duffey says. "It was a good, heavy thunderstorm with some borderline severe hail and plenty of rainfall. But there were no reports of tornadoes in the entire state, so it seems that warning was unnecessary."

You can see the extreme hail falling on State College in this video from StateCollege.com reporter Ben Jones.

The NWS originally said the storm could bring winds of 60 to 70 miles per hour, but Duffey reports that State College winds maxed out at around 50 miles per hour.

West Penn Power reported minor outages, with under 20 customers affected within State College. 

The video below shows heavy rain falling at 7:50 p.m. Monday along the Benner Pike heading into College Township.

Note: This story was revised after the storm to include updated information.



Zach Berger is the managing editor of StateCollege.com. He graduated from Penn State University in 2014 with a degree in print journalism. Zach enjoys writing about a variety of topics ranging from football to government, music, and everything in between.
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