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Monday, 03 June 2019 14:46

Body Shops Prepare as Storms Go on Throughout the Northeast Region

Written by David Hurst, The Tribune-Democrat
A storm caused a tree to fall across Killen School Road in Barr Township, PA, on Wednesday, May 29. A storm caused a tree to fall across Killen School Road in Barr Township, PA, on Wednesday, May 29. Courtesy of John Rucosky, The Tribune Democrat


Jackson Township, NJ, fire officials were dealing with a number of fallen trees, including ones that closed parts of Dishong Mountain and Blackburn roads on May 29 as storms continued to hit the region.

Conemaugh Township Fire Department was sent to Quemahoning Dam Road, because wires were reported down along the roadway, while another fallen tree was removed from the area of Penn Avenue and Abex roads.


“We’ve had residents call us reporting several trees falling on their properties—as many as ten,” Jackson Township Manager Dave Hirko said, blaming the combination of heavy rainfall and winds.


At one point, Jackson Township Fire Department had water flowing into its own station bays, he added.


“There’s just nowhere for the water to go,” Hirko said.


A powerful thunderstorm on May 28 downed trees and utility lines, causing roadside issues across the region that responders continued working to address.


While a tornado was spotted in the Penn Run area of Indiana County, 911 officials in Cambria and Somerset counties reported minor weather-related issues occurred throughout the region overnight.


No injuries were reported, 911 supervisors said.


The storm was the latest in a series that have occurred over the past week—and with a familiar weather pattern creating an opportunity for more later this week, Gov. Tom Wolf was urging Pennsylvania residents to stay alert—and be ready for the worst.


“We know the threat of severe weather is real and Pennsylvanians need to be prepared,” Wolf said. “Please remember to use caution and stay tuned into weather reports for any important news as inclement weather develops.”


Rainy May


The past few weeks have been very wet, but the center that tracks rainfall totals in the northeastern United States says the monthly total is typical for May.


May is often the Johnstown region’s wettest month, with more than 4.5 inches falling on average.


As of May 28, the Johnstown-Cambria County Regional Airport’s weather station had recorded 4.07 inches.


Last May’s total topped that, but with a few days left in the month, including Tuesday, May 28 night’s rainfall still not counted, it’s possible totals could surpass the average, staff with the North East Regional Climate Center reported.

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