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July 10, 2013

Flood-warning issued for region

STATE COLLEGE — A flash-flood warning has been issued for Cambria and Somerset counties.

The National Weather Service in State College issued the warning, which is effect until 12:15 this afternoon, at 9:09 this morning. The service's radar indicated very heavy rain from thunderstorms moving into Somerset and southern Cambria counties. Heavy rainfall of 1 to 2 inches is expected to fall over a short period of time and result in flash flooding.

Locations in the warning include but are not limited to: Belmont, Elim, Johnstown, Portage, Somerset, Westmont, Windber, Acosta, Beaverdale, Berlin, Boswell, Central City, Dale, Davidsville, Dunlo, East Conemaugh, Ferndale, Friedens, Geistown and Jerome.

A flash-flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. If you are in the warning area, move to higher ground immediately, the National Weather Service said. It also advised that residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property. The weather service also said that people should never attempt to cross swiftly flowing waters or waters of unknown depth by foot or in an automobile.

The service advises that In hilly terrain, there are hundreds of low-water crossings that are potentially dangerous in heavy rain and that people should not attempt to travel across flooded roads, as it only takes a few inches of swiftly flowing water to carry vehicles away..

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