Storm causes minor flooding, power outages; above average rainfall likely to continue

mmorgan@centredaily.comJuly 7, 2013 

Centre County’s unusual level of summer rainfall continued Sunday with afternoon showers causing minor flooding and leaving about 1,000 homes without power.

AccuWeather meteorologist Brian Edwards said State College has seen almost double the normal amount of rain through this portion of the summer, a trend that is likely to continue.

The area saw about another inch of rain Sunday, which caused minor urban flooding in low-lying areas, Edwards said. Downed trees and power lines were reported throughout the county.

Centre County was lucky it didn’t see higher winds, Edwards said, adding that parts of Huntingdon and Blair counties saw some significant wind damage.

“We kind of got spared, at least from the worst of the wind,” he said.

About 1,000 West Penn Power customers were left without power at the highest point of the day, which is about normal for that type of storm, area manager Terri Knupp said. Most of the electricity problems were solved by the evening hours.

The rain doesn’t look like it will completely let up as the week continues, Edwards said. Each day will bring hot and humid temperatures with chances of rain and thunderstorms every day.

There could be rain into the weekend during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, he said.

And the long-term outlook isn’t much better.

Edwards said a very slow-moving high-pressure system, coupled with some possible tropical storms will keep the wet stuff falling all summer. Some areas of the county could see double the average rainfall through August.

“Basically it looks like above normal rainfall is going to be the theme right through the end of August,” he said.

Matt Morgan can be reached at 235-3928. Follow him on Twitter @MetroMattMorgan.

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