Strong winds, heavy rain brings damage in early morning storm

Storms with high winds and heavy rain swept across central Pennsylvania overnight; causing flash flooding on roadways, numerous downed trees and wires, and several reports of damage to homes across the area.

A wind gust of up to 80 miles per hour was recorded near Ski Roundtop in York County at around 6 a.m. The National Weather Service is investigating a possible tornado that was spotted moving across the area.

An abc27 News crew in Fairview Township reported at least 100 trees downed in the area of Moores Mountain Road and Siddonsburg Road.

Heaviest rainfall was reported in Harrisburg, where 1.92 inches was recorded since midnight. Flooding was reported on Cameron Street, Derry Street and many more, while wind damage was widespread across the city.

Numerous trees were reported down in Myerstown, Lebanon County after 62 mile per hour winds were recorded there shortly before 5 a.m.

One-inch hail was reported in Dauphin Borough at 4 a.m.

Schools Affected

The Palmyra Area School District, which initially closed its middle school because of storm damage, later closed all schools because downed power lines made it unsafe for children to walk to school.

The Harrisburg School District closed Downey School due to flooding. Students who were bused to Downey were transported to Lincoln School, where parents were permitted to pickup their children.

The Camp Hill and Upper Dauphin Area school districts operated on a two-hour delay, as did all elementary schools in the Central Dauphin School District.

Flood Warnings

The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings along the Susquehanna River until late Saturday.

The river was expected to crest in Harrisburg near 19.9 feet early Saturday, about three feet over flood stage, and fall below flood stage by Saturday evening.

The Susquehanna was forecasted to crest near 51.7 feet in Marietta early Saturday, and fall below flood stage by Sunday morning. Flood stage is 49 feet.

The weather service has also issued a flood warning for the Yellow Breeches Creek, which was expected to reach a crest of nine feet at the gauge in Camp Hill this evening. Flood stage is seven feet.

The weather service reports that at nine feet, a number of homes in the Green Lane Farms development are affected by high water. Cedar Cliff Drive and Creekwood Drive have several feet of water.

Several homes in Green Lane Farms had flood damage from last week's storm.

State government

PennDOT closed its Riverfront Office Building, at 1101 South Front Street in Harrisburg, to workers and patrons due to what a spokesman called a “complete loss of power.” Customers needing licensing services were encouraged to visit other area centers, including the centers in York, Carlisle, Lancaster and Lebanon.

Peach Bottom sirens

York County's Emergency Management Agency said some residents on the Maryland line may have heard sirens around the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station. EMA officials said the sirens were sounded by Harford County, Maryland as a result of tornado warnings — and not because of any emergency at the power plant.

(This is a developing story. abc27 News will provide more information as it becomes available.)