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Tri-State area deluged with rainfall

April 21, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

More than 2 inches of rain fell in 12 hours across the Tri-State area on Sunday, and the National Weather Service was encouraging people to watch for flooding of creeks and streams.

Rainfall could reach 4 inches in some areas, the National Weather Service warned in a hazardous weather statement.

Calvin Meadows, hydrometeorology technician, attributed the rainfall to an "upper-level low-pressure system ... that's centered up in the atmosphere," Meadows said.

The National Weather Service forecasted a 90 percent chance of rain showers today, with more rain to follow throughout Tuesday.

"The strongest thunderstorms are primarily coming out of southeastern Virginia, and they are over Charles County, Md., and Prince George's County, Md.," Meadows said.

Hagerstown weather watcher Greg Keefer reported 2.38 inches of rain on his Web site by 8:30 p.m.

Rainfall in Waynesboro, Pa., totaled 2.55 inches from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., according to local weather watcher Todd Toth.

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Chambersburg, Pa., weather watcher Jerry Ashway recorded 2.1 inches of precipitation starting shortly before 8 a.m. Sunday.

Meadows said rain will be heaviest in the Blue Mountains and east toward the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., metro areas.

Accuweather reported nearly an inch and a half of rainfall in Martinsburg, W.Va., and 2.5 inches in Frederick, Md., on Sunday.

The forecast indicates Wednesday might bring partly sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s, Meadows said.

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