September 01, 2021
Pennsylvania emergency officials warned of significant flash flooding and weather damage from the remnants of Hurricane Ida and urged Pennsylvanians to stay home today.
“We’re under a rare level four out of four high-risk day for flash flooding,” said Jeff Jumper, state meteorologist with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. “So imagine about a month to two months’ worth of rain falling in less than 24 hours.”
Flash flooding, urban flooding, and river flooding were expected into tomorrow, state officials said during a media briefing today. Damaging winds could impact southeastern Pennsylvania into this evening, Jumper said. The heaviest rainfall should subside through the evening hours before a few clear days, but rivers could crest tomorrow, he said.
State officials said portions of the state could see between 4–6 inches of rain, with some areas reaching up to 8 inches locally.
The rainfall during the past few weeks has saturated the ground, leading to a quicker-than-normal rise in small streams and the potential for landslides, said Melissa J. Batula, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s acting executive deputy secretary.
State emergency officials offered the following tips to stay safe during the storm:
More information about staying safe during emergency weather situations is available online.
HAP will continue to support hospitals and their emergency management needs during this storm and other emergency situations. For more information, contact Christopher Chamberlain, HAP’s vice president, emergency management, MS, RN, CHEP.
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