T-storms produce large hail, lots of rain
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
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.