Reports, Photos: Heavy Flooding in the East

By Jillian MacMath, Staff Writer
June 28, 2013; 11:20 AM ET
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The worst of the flooding rain has died down overnight, although some flooding still persists due to substantial rainfall accumulations Thursday afternoon and evening.

Some of the heaviest rain was focused along the I-80 corridor across Pennsylvania, dropping over 4 inches in just a few short hours in some locations. This heavy rainfall caused evacuations and multiple water rescues to take place.

Showers and thunderstorms will continue across the region Friday which can lead to more flooding.

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UPDATES: (All times listed in EDT)

2:06 a.m. EDT Friday: Continued flooding forced the evacuation of homes in Reynoldsville, Pa.

1:05 a.m. EDT Friday: Evacuations are underway for the south end of Sherburne, N.Y. due to flooding.

11:45 p.m. EDT Thursday: Emergency Managers are reporting multiple road closures across Chenango County, N.Y.

11:05 p.m. EDT Thursday: Flash flooding has caused the closure of Green Ridge Street and Electric Street in Scranton, Pa.

9:50 p.m. EDT Thursday: In the span of ten minutes, rain totaling 0.55 of an inch fell in Forty Fort, Pa., near Wilkes-Barre, according to a trained spotter. This amount is equal to a rainfall rate of 3.3 inches per hour.

8:45 p.m. EDT Thursday: Fire department/rescue officials reported swift water rescues near Wilkes-Barre, in Nanticoke, Pa., due to flash flooding.

8:28 p.m. EDT Thursday: Ongoing water rescues reported in the Beech Creek area, near Lock Haven, Pa., due to heavy flooding, according to emergency management.

8:00 p.m. EDT Thursday: A mudslide due to heavy rainfall was reported in Pottsville, Pa., earlier this evening, according to a 911 call center.

7:30 p.m. EDT Thursday: A total of 3.53 inches of rain fell in Lemont, Pa., today, accompanied by a series of storms. AccuWeather Expert Meteorologist Steve Wistar has been documenting rainfall in Lemont for the last 23 years and said, "This is the most rain the area has had from a non-tropical storm in 23 years."

6:34 p.m. EDT Thursday: Possible tornado touchdown near Lock Haven University, Pa., near Mill Hall, reported by local law enforcement.

5:40 p.m. EDT Thursday:

5:15 p.m. EDT Thursday:

4:50 p.m. EDT Thursday: Multiple funnel clouds spotted in parts of Centre County, Pa. "These are not real strong tornadoes, if they are in fact tornadoes," said AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist, Alex Sosnowski.

4:40 p.m. EDT Thursday:

4:18 p.m. EDT Thursday: Ground stops have been reported at the Philadelphia, Newark and LaGuardia airports due to thunderstorms in the area. JFK and Boston Logan airports are also experiencing excessive flight delays as thunderstorms continue.

3:15 p.m. EDT Thursday: Radar estimated more than 6 inches of rainfall since 9 a.m., this morning, in parts of western Clearfield County, near DuBois, Pa.

2:44 p.m. EDT Thursday: "While a large number of tornadoes is not expected, a couple of short-lived tornadoes are possible in the strongest storms, especially from central Maryland, central and southeastern Pennsylvania and the Delmarva Peninsula to New Jersey and upstate New York into Thursday evening," Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

2:30 p.m. EDT Thursday: Flash flooding and 4 feet of water were reported on a road outside DuBois mall, local emergency manager reports. All roads surrounding DuBois reported impassable.

1:45 p.m. EDT Thursday: Numerous roads were closed in Jefferson and Clearfield counties in Pennsylvania due to flooding. A bridge on East Main St. in Sykesville has collapsed, according to the emergency manager.


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