It’s not nearly the end of the month, but State College has more rainfall to date this month than the average for all of August.
There is already 4.62 inches of rain recorded this month, according to reports from the National Weather Service in State College.
The August average precipitation is only 3.84 inches, said meteorologist Joe Ceru.
And the rain doesn’t plan on letting up anytime soon — scattered showers were forecast for Wednesday night and into Thursday, with the chance of more flooding threats Thursday afternoon, Ceru said.
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It rained 2.6 inches Wednesday afternoon in State College, causing modified traffic downtown and some roads to close around the Centre Region, Ceru said.
“We’re seeing flooding in places that don’t normally flood,” he said.
Flash flooding left Martin Street near Giant Food Stores closed for at least an hour on Wednesday — a location that is not flood-prone, Ceru said.
East College Avenue near the Blaise Alexander car dealership was also down to one lane in both directions. By 3 p.m., most floodwaters had receded.
There were no other reports of street flooding in Centre County, Ceru said.
The National Weather Service’s mantra is “turn around, don’t drown,” Ceru said.
Forecasters urge pedestrians and drivers approaching flooded roadways not to walk or drive through it.
“We predict the weather, but we also have a job to alert people of hazardous situations for their own protection,” Ceru said.