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Centre County under severe storm warning

A graphic from the National Weather Service showing the severe thunderstorm watch shaded in pink.
A graphic from the National Weather Service showing the severe thunderstorm watch shaded in pink. NWS State College

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for southern Centre County until 12:45 p.m. Tuesday.

The warning says a severe storm is moving east across the county and has the potential to produce quarter sized hail and about 60 mph winds.

Towns expected to be in the path of the storm are Philipsburg, Port Matilda, Milesburg, Bellefonte, State College, Centre Hall and Boalsburg, according to the weather service.

A severe thunderstorm watch also remains active for Centre County until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Clearfield, Clinton, Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Northcumberland, Snyder and Union counties also are under a severe storm watch.

NWS meteorologist Matt Steinbugl said showers and thunderstorms caused by a strong cold front could return to Centre County by noon.

Steinbugl said the storms would increase in intensity and would range from scattered to “numerous.”

“The storms that we’re expecting will have potential for damaging winds, hail and possibly an isolated tornado,” he said.

A severe thunderstorm warning for southern Centre County expired at 10:15 a.m.

Wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph produced damage in Clearfield County, but Steinbugl said, the NWS did not have any reports of damage in Centre County as of about 11 a.m.

Areas in the path of the storm included Aaronsburg, Bellefonte, Boalsburg, Burnham, Centre Hall, Coburn, Houserville, Julian, Lemont, Lewistown, Madisonburg, Milesburg, Millheim, Milroy and the Park Forest Village area of State College.

That storm also hit areas between the Snow Shoe and Lamar exits on Interstate 80 and from mile markers 57 to 85 on I-99.

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