Storms could bring flooding, 70 mph winds to central Pennsylvania

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The grass outside has turned a little brown from a lack of rain.

You might not be able to your see lawn at all Monday, because rain could cover it.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for central Pennsylvania until 8 p.m. NWS meteorologist Bill Gartner said most of central Pennsylvania should get rain.

The areas hit worst, he said, could get two inches on the ground. Most places will get a quarter-inch to a half-inch of rain. Wind gusts could reach 70 mph with hail.

“There will be some places that get over an inch and maybe two inches if a thunderstorm sits over an area long enough,” Gartner said.

Gartner said it would be difficult to predict where the storm will hit hardest in Centre County, noting that it would be a “toss-up” until just before a thunderstorm developed over an area.

He said people should check the forecast regularly to stay updated.

The cause of the heavy thunderstorms is a front moving through the Ohio Valley and into Pennsylvania. AccuWeather senior meteorologist said in a release that heat and humidity would fuel thunderstorms in the northeastern United States.

The release said people “should seek shelter as soon as thunder is heard.”

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli