One dead from storms that dumped up to 8 inches of rain on upstate counties
One person is dead and others are out of their homes as the result of storms that hit localized areas of northcentral Pennsylvania overnight.
The fatality occurred when wind blew a tree into a house in Lamar Twp. in Clinton County Thursday night, said Kevin Fanning, county emergency service director. No other details were immediately available.
Clinton County escaped the flooding that occurred in parts of Centre, Lycoming and Sullivan counties, Fanning said.
Between 4 and 8 inches of rain fell in localized areas of those counties overnight, said Matt Steinburgl with the National Weather Service in State College.
Hardest hit areas included Milesburg in Centre County, Warrensville in Lycoming County and Hillsgrove in Sullivan County, officials said. Part of Atherton Street in State College was closed for a time, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported.
"This is true flash flooding," said Lycoming County Public Safety Director John Yingling. All volunteer fire companies in the county were advised to man their stations at 1 a.m., he said.
Rescues from low-lying areas along streams were continuing after daybreak in in Lycoming County.
Yingling described flooding along Lycoming Creek in the northern part of Lycoming County as major and along Loyalsock Creek as moderate. Approximately four inches of rain fell within hours along those watersheds, he said.
Street flooding was reported in urban areas, including the northern part of Williamsport, where downed leaves clogged catch basins.
Bradford County received between 4 and 6 inches of rain but emergency officials said there were no major flooding problems.
The West Branch of the Susquehanna River is rising but is not expected to flood, Steinbugl said.