State Agencies Monitoring Possible Impacts from Florence

September 17, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is supplementing staffing in the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center to monitor conditions as remnants of Hurricane Florence move through the state, and to quickly respond to resource requests from impacted counties.

“We have had a historically wet year, with much of the rain coming in the last few weeks,” said Governor Wolf. “Some parts of the state are under a flash flood watch, but everyone should keep a close eye on their local forecast and be mindful that conditions can change quickly.”

According to the National Weather Service, periods of heavy rain may cause roadway or flash flooding later today into the overnight hours. There is also a slight risk for tornadic activity in southcentral Pennsylvania, along the I-81 corridor near Maryland.

PEMA Director Rick Flinn said PEMA personnel are staffing the situation awareness unit and logistics section. Multiple state agencies are standing by, in the event that state resources are needed.

Motorists can see incident alerts – such as closures due to flooding – on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting and clicking “Incidents.” 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

Pennsylvanians are also encouraged to follow ReadyPA on Twitter @ReadyPA and Facebook for the latest on the weather and how to prepare. PennDOT cautions motorists to never drive through flooded roadways, as it takes just two feet of fast-moving water to float a car. Anyone who drives around barriers intended to close a road can face increased penalties if emergency responders are called to rescue motorists who disregard traffic control signs.

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