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Ernesto drops heavy rain on Tri-State area

September 03, 2006|by DON AINES

TRI-STATE - Tropical Storm Ernesto did not cause the widespread flooding that emergency management officials feared, but it did leave a drenching rain in its path that was the equivalent of about of a month's worth of precipitation in about 24 hours.

The heavy overnight rains tapered off Saturday morning and had moved out by the afternoon. The National Weather Service on Thursday was predicting up to 6 inches of rain or more, and disaster declarations were issued for 13 counties in West Virginia and all 67 counties in Pennsylvania by the governors of those two states. Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia were among those counties, and school was canceled in all three on Friday.

Rainfall amounted to about 4 inches in Martinsburg, W.Va., and Hagerstown, according to Accuweather in State College, Pa. The total in Chambersburg, Pa., was slightly less, at about 3.7 inches, according to Accuweather.

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Dispatchers at the 911 centers in the three Eastern Panhandle counties, Washington County and Franklin County, Pa., all said that there had been no reports of flooding as of Saturday night.

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