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Pennsylvania takes steps to prepare for storm's impact

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jun 12 2013 05:47:24 PM CDT

The Pennsylvania Emergency Operations Center

HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Pennsylvania is directly in the path of a major weather system that could dump significant rain, bring hail and cause flooding.

Pennsylvania emergency officials said Wednesday they are monitoring the coming storm, adding a worker at the emergency operations center in Harrisburg and making sure two National Guard helicopters are on standby if needed for water rescue.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Fitzgerald in State College said the entire state is under a flood watch for high waters overnight and through the day Thursday.

The greatest risk of flooding is in the northern portion of the state, while the worst thunderstorms are expected in southern areas of Pennsylvania, Fitzgerald said.