T-storms pro­duce large hail, lots of rain

Record Observer - - Front Page - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Ex­ces­sive heat lead to the iso­lated storm in Cen­tre­ville early Mon­day evening, July 16, that brought tor­ren­tial rain, flood­ing, a strong wind gust, and quar­ter size hail. The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice warned about the po­ten­tial of se­vere storms that de­velop rapidly and can pro­duce, lo­cally flash flood­ing from sig­nif­i­cant rain fall.

Ac­cord­ing to fore­cast­ers at the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice in Mt. Holly, NJ, two to three inches of rain fell

across Cen­tre­ville with Mon­day’s storm. Hail up to one inch in di­am­e­ter was also re­ported. Re­ports in­di­cated the storm be­gan at about 4:45 p.m. and moved slowly across the area, dump­ing heavy rain. The storm lasted un­til about 6:45 p.m.

Ty Stinson of Cen­tre­ville doc­u­mented large hail at his res­i­dence. “[It was] one of the strangest storms I’ve seen. The hail was pea sized on the right side of our house and more like golf balls on the left side while the wind just turned on full speed, then shut off. The storm wa­ter drainage pond be­hind us sounds like Ni­a­gara Falls even one hour af­ter the rain stopped,” said Stinson.

Others around Cen­tre­ville re­ported sim­i­lar sight­ings, in­clud­ing one who had a large maple tree down in the storm. The NWS did not pick up the strong winds that Cen­tre­ville re­ported, but did con­firm via its radar sys­tem that the storm was very in­tense and un­usu­ally slow mov­ing.

NWS said this type of weather is typ­i­cal for this time of year and to be on the look out for late in the day “pop-up” thun­der­storms brought on by ex­ces­sive heat and hu­mid­ity.

The Mary­land De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion re­minds mo­torists:

• Don’t drive through stand­ing wa­ter. It only takes six inches of mov­ing wa­ter to sweep a per­son off his/her feet, and 12 inches of mov­ing wa­ter to move the av­er­age sedan.

• Re­mem­ber “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

• Keep a close eye on lo­cal in­for­ma­tion sources for the lat­est weather con­di­tions and plan ac­cord­ingly.

• De­lay weather.

• Use low-beam head­lights when wind­shield wipers are ac­ti­vated.

• Don’t try to move fallen tree branches as high-volt­age wires may be in­ter­twined.

• If power is out at a traf­fic sig­nal, state law re­quires all driv­ers at the in­ter­sec­tion to treat it as a four-way stop. trips dur­ing se­vere

PHOTO BY TY STINSON

Ty Stinson of Cen­tre­ville and his chil­dren — in­clud­ing 14-year-old Makenna who was cheer­fully nom­i­nated by her dad and brother to do the deed — de­bated vers­ing the storm be­fore fi­nally claim­ing this large piece of hail.

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