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Torrential Rain Triggers Flash Flooding

by on July 08, 2014 8:35 PM

Torrential rains late Tuesday afternoon trigger flash flooding in State College, with at least one car trapped in the rising water.

The car, with several people inside, was stuck in fast-moving water that roared through the parking lot of the Blaise Alexander car dealership along East College Avenue.

The occupants eventually got out through an open window and waded to safety through foot-deep water.

The football field at Memorial Field was also underwater as a result of the deluge. You can see some impressive video of the flooding below:

 

State College police dispatchers tell StateCollege.com they are not aware of any other serious flooding problems.

The National Weather Service issued a Special Weather Service at 5:15 p.m. warning area residents that powerful storms were sweeping across the region.

AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Dombek says, "We had a pretty good line of storms that came through. Rainfall-wise, we had just about nine-tenths of an inch of rain at Accuweather on Science Park Road."

"Looking at the doppler estimate, certainly there were places (in the State College area) that got over an inch of rain," he says.

According to Dombek it wasn't worse because the storms moved through the area fairly quickly.

"Fortunately we didn't see any wind damage around here," says Dombek. "We had some gusts of 30 to 35 mph. This line as it got southeast of here it really blew up. We're getting reports of 50 mph wind gusts east of here."

Another shower is possible early Tuesday evening but the rest of the night should be quiet.

Click HERE for the latest AccuWeather forecast.

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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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