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May 15, 2014

Where to watch for flash flooding in Pennsylvania

STATE COLLEGE — A flash flood watch is in effect until 2 p.m. Friday for much of the region.

The National Weather Service issued the flood watch for Bedford, Cambria and Somerset counties. A slow-moving frontal system is expected to cross central Pennsylvania this afternoon through Friday afternoon. The front will tap rich subtropical moisture, producing training showers and thunderstorms and torrential downpours. Rainfall across the area will average between 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 inches with higher amounts in some areas.

Excessive runoff fron the heavy rainfall will cause rapid rises on creeks and streams. Flash flooding will be possible, especially for areas that have already received excessive rainfall in recent days. Ponding of water on roadways and flooding of poor drainage areas is expected as well.

Blair County, which received periods of heavy rainfall on Tuesday, also is under the watch, as are Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, McKean, Mifflin, Potter, and Warren counties.

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