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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Posted for State College: 'Extremely Dangerous' Storms in Area, Flash Flood Warning Posted for Centre County

by on July 10, 2013 4:30 PM

Weather Update 8:45:

The National Weather Service has posted a Flash Flood Warning for central Centre County.

Heavy downpours have been reported across State College. One inch of rain was reported in a short period of time at the Walker Building on the Penn State campus.

Expect urban flooding to begin. Locations included in the Flash Flood Warning include Bellefonte and State College, but flooding could occur in other areas as well

Excessive runoff will cause flooding of small creeks and streams. Highways, streets and underpasses may flood along with drainage areas and low lying spots.

Be especially cautious at night when flooding may be harder to see. If flash flooding occurs it's important to take quick action. Move to higher ground. Do not stay in flood prone areas once water begins to rise.

The Flash Flood Warning remains in effect until 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

See below for other watches and warnings which may still be in effect.

Weather Update 8:05

The National Weather Service has issued an Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for east central Centre County.

At 8:04 p.m. radar showed very heavy rain moving across our area. Rain may fall at the rate of one inch per hour. Flooding may begin shortly after the rain begins.

A flood advisory means that although streams and creeks may be elevated or may even rise out of their banks, property damage should be minimal. Flooding will not be immediately life threatening.

The flood advisory remains in effect until 10:00 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning remains in effect until 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Information on other weather alerts appear below.

Be sure to monitor the weather situation as conditions continue to change.

Click HERE for the latest AccuWeather forecast.

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WEATHER UPDATE 7:35 P.M.

The National Weather Service has now issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Centre County.

Very heavy rain will occur with this line of severe thunderstorms.

Low lying and urban areas may flood quickly with water covering roads.
Do not drive into areas where water covers the road.

Severe thunderstorms produce damage. This line of storms has a history of causing damage.

Lightning and powerful winds exceeding 70 mph is possible.

Move inside a permanent building now to be safe from strong wind gusts.

Locations included in this warning include State College, Bellefonte, Tyrone, Boalsburg, and Centre Hall.

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is included in this warning.

People who are attending the Arts Festival should prepare for dangerous weather conditions and seek shelter now.

The Severe Thunderstorm Warning remains in effect until 8:30 pm.

Updated Information 7:00 p.m.


The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Weather Statement for Centre County and surrounding areas.

Doppler radar shows a line of severe thunderstorms moving east at 30 mph. These storms may cause downpours and destructive winds in excess of 70 mph.

These storms have a already caused wind damage in multiple locations across Jefferson and Clearfield Counties.

The National Weather Service says, "This is an extremely dangerous situation. Seek shelter now inside a sturdy structure and stay away from windows."

The Severe Weather Statement remains in effect until further notice.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for State College and surrounding areas.

And that means the crowds of people in town for the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will need to keep an eye on the sky.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means that conditions are ripe for downpours and damaging winds. At 4:00 p.m. radar is showing a line of thunderstorms in far western Pennsylvania heading in an easterly direction. According to AccuWeather a cold front is approaching.

The Severe Thunderstorm Watch will remain in effect until 10:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Be sure to keep watch on changing conditions, especially if you're outside at the Arts Fest. Be prepared to take shelter if needed.

Click HERE for the latest forecast from AccuWeather.



Steve Bauer is Managing Editor & Chief Content Officer at StateCollege.com. Steve and his wife Trina are longtime area residents. They reside in State College along with a wacky Golden Retriever named Izzy. You can e-mail Steve at Steve.Bauer@StateCollege.com and you can follow him on Twitter @SteveBauerSCcom
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