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Severe weather in central Pa.: Live updates

PennLive.com logo PennLive.com 8/21/2021 Becky Metrick, pennlive.com

Severe weather in central Pa.: Live updates

In these area, 1-3 inches of rain fell with up to 6 inches in some localized areas, all from the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred.

As storms continue to move east, most of central Pa. remain under a flash flood watch until 2 a.m. Thursday. This includes Harrisburg, York, Chambersburg, Gettysburg, Lebanon, Hershey, Carlisle, Williamsport, Lancaster, State College, Mifflintown, Huntingdon and more.

On the PennDOT cameras, Interstate 83 at Exit 19: PA-462 is flooded with several stranded cars.

A majority of PPL’s outages are in the Harrisburg and central Pa. area, but First Energy Corp. has much more spread out outages.

PPL is reporting 5,777 outages statewide

Considering how much rain and wind tore through the state today, outage numbers from some of the biggest power companies is relatively low. First Energy Corp. (aka Met-Ed, PennPower, Penelec) is reporting 4,036 outages statewide.

These floods will occur in small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses, as well as other poor drainage and low-lying areas.

In these areas, 1-3 inches of rain fell during earlier storms, with a potential for another 2 inches to fall, the NWS said. Flash flooding is expected to begin after 7:40 p.m.

A flash flood warning was just issued for southeastern Dauphin County, western Lancaster County and York County until 10:45 p.m.

Strong storms continue working their way through Lancaster County. The county has seen 125 lightning strikes in the last 15 minutes, 6abc meteorologist Adam Joseph said on Twitter.

The flood advisory over Snyder, Perry and Juniata counties has been extended until 8 p.m.

Once again, turn around don’t drown. The NWS warns that the most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

In these areas, 1-3 inches of rain have fallen in today’s storms, and an additional inch may fall.

A flood advisory was issued for urban and small streams in Adams County, central Cumberland County, southeastern Franklin County and York County until 8:45 p.m.

More than 1.1 million people live in this warning area that stretches from the Pa.-Md. line up into Schuylkill County.

In Upper Allen Township, the skies outside are nearly black with thunder constantly rolling.

These storms are estimated to be going through Mechanicsburg area around 6:20, moving through Harrisburg around 6:40 and into the Hershey/Elizabethtown area at 6:50.

At 6:12 p.m, the National Weather Service said severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Shermansdale to Hogestown to near Dillsburg to near Lake Meade to Hampton to near McSherrystown to near Lake Heritage to Emmitsburg, moving east at 35 mph.

Most of central Pennsylvania is under a new severe thunderstorm warning until 7 p.m., including Harrisburg, York and Hanover.

Here is the current Accuweather map as storms continue to move through the state

A possible tornado has been reported out in Schuylkill County, per NBC Philadephia.

Most of the Harrisburg area is now under some kind of thunderstorm warning until 6:15 or, in much of Dauphin Co., 6:45 p.m. So be aware. And remember storms don't stay always confined to "warning areas", so if you're near but outside the warning areas, you should still be paying attention.

The warning for the Harrisburg area said winds could reach 60 mph and a tornado is possible, along with hail.

Other areas that may be impacted include Arendtville, Gardners, Heidlersburg, Biglervile, Millerstown, Lewisberry, Idaville, McKnightstonw, Bendersville and Hunterstown

Finally, it will hit the Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg, Enola, Lower Allen Township, Lemoyne, Harrisburg, New Cumberland, Siddonsburg, Marysville and West Fairview areas by 5:40 p.m.

Then will move to Mount Holly Springs, Duncannon, Boiling Springs, Carlisle Springs, New Kingstown, Newport, New Bloomfield, Shermansdale and Lake Meade around 5:30 p.m.

Severe thunderstorms will be near Carlisle, Schlusser, Plainfield, Bloserville, Loysville and Colonel Denning State Park by 5:20 p.m.

The storm is brining 60 mph wind gusts to these areas which could cause damage to roofs, siding and trees.

The areas including in this warning are Adams County, northwestern York County, southeastern Franklin County, Cumberland County and Perry County.

A new severe thunderstorm warning was issued for several central Pa. counties at 5:10 p.m. until 5:45 p.m.

In Huntingdon and Fulton counties, 1-3 inches of rain fell, with another inch expected to fall.

In Juniata, Snyder and Perry counties, between 1-2 inches of rain fell, and an additional inch is expected to fall.

Northeastern Juniata County, Snyder County, eastern Perry County, are under an advisory until 6:30 p.m. while small streams in southern Huntingdon County and north-central Fulton County are under a warning until 6:45 p.m.

Flood advisories have been issued for many of the areas just hit by storms.

For those navigating I-83 in Harrisburg during the storms.

Gusty winds could knock down tree limbs and blow around unsecured objects, the NWS warned.

This statement involves a strong thunderstorm over Steelton, moving northeast at 35 mph. Wind gusts up to 50 mph are a part of this storm, along with heavy rain.

A new Special Weather Statement was issued for north central York, central Dauphin and northeastern Cumberland counties through 4:45 p.m.

As of 4:04 p.m., a severe thunderstorm was located over Big Cove Tannery, moving northeast at 40 mph. This storm has 60 mph wind gusts and will also affect travelers between mile marker 184 and 196 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and mile markers 15 to 24 on I-81

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of Franklin and Fulton counties, including Chambersburg and Scotland until 4:45 p.m.

The heavy rain falling with this storm can cause flash flooding. The NWS warns people to not drive through flooded roads.

Damage to roofs, siding and trees is expected with the storm.

The storm, located near Millersburg at 3:55 p.m., was moving north at 35 mph with 60 mph wind gusts.

A new Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for southwestern Northumberland County, northwestern Dauphin County, northeastern Juniata County, eastern Snyder County and northeastern Perry County until 4:30 p.m.

In terms of damage, not a lot has been reported as of 3:50 p.m., but there was a garage struck by lightening in Upper Allen Township, Cumberland County.

Update: The traffic incident on I-83 has been cleared.

Update: The tornado warning over northeastern Adams at west-central York counties has been canceled. A tornado watch is in effect for most of central Pa. until 8 p.m.

As a reminder, these storms are bringing heavy rain, which could lead to flash flooding.

The areas included in the warning include Harrisburg, York, Lower Allen Township, Hershey, Colonial Park, Weigelstown, Elizabethtown, Progress, Mechanicsburg, Middletown, Camp Hill, Palmyra, New Cumberland, Steelton, Lemoyne, Hummelstown, Shiloh, and Stonybrook-Wilshire.

This storm brings 60 mph wind gusts, and damage to roofs, siding and trees.

The Severe Thunderstorm Warning has moved to include west central Lancaster County, northwestern York County, southeastern Dauphin County and east-central Cumberland County. The warning is in effect until 4 p.m.

As of 3:33 p.m., the tornado warning has narrowed to include Hampton, Lake Meade and East Berlin, until 4 p.m.

Here is the current Accuweather radar for the state as a whole.

About 500,000 in this severe T-storm warning from Hershey to Dillsburg.

Heads up for those on the road:

A Special Weather Statement over northwestern York County and northeastern Cumberland County is in effect until 3:45 p.m. This statement warns of a strong thunderstorm with wind gusts up to 50 mph that could knock down tree limbs and blow around unsecured objects.

In addition to the possible tornado, this storm is bringing torrential rainfall that could lead to flash flooding. Do not drive through flooded roads. Turn around, don’t drown.

Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter to protect yourself from flying debris.

The NWS advises that people in the warning area take cover immediately. Moving to a basement or interior room at the lowest level of a study building is recommended.

The NWS warns that flying debris will be dangerous to those caught outside without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed, and damaged to roofs, windows and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely.

Severe thunderstorms capable of producing a tornado was located over New Oxford at 3:10 p.m. moving northeast at 20 mph.

As of 3:10 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning over northeastern Adams County and west-central York County until 4 p.m.

Severe weather is expected around central Pa. on Wednesday as remnants of Tropical Storm Fred comes to the area.

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