Posted by on August 19, 2021 2:23 pm

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Parts of Schuylkill County were socked by rain and thunderstorms – and even an unconfirmed tornado – by the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred on Wednesday.

While investigators look into whether the event that happened near Hegins was, indeed, a tornado, that wasn’t the end of the wild weather that rolled through here yesterday.

Torrential Fred Remnants Tip Rainfall Gauges in Schuylkill County

In southern and eastern Schuylkill County, torrential rainstorms drenched the area. And they quickly tipped some rain gauges of spotters from the National Weather Service.

So far, here are the impressive rain totals from Schuylkill County as a result of the Fred-inspired storms on Aug. 18:

  • New Ringgold – 3.38 inches
  • Auburn – 3.35″
  • Landingville – 2.77″
  • Near Hometown – 2.7″
  • Schuylkill Haven – 2.7″

The high spot, according to data from NWS-State College, was Lancaster, which saw 4.63 inches of rain fall over a 24-hour period yesterday.

Here’s a look at some of the totals received by National Weather Service so far:

tropical storm fred rain totals schuylkill county pennsylvania

Image: National Weather Service-State College

Locally, New Ringgold and Auburn saw the 7th and 8th highest observed rainfall totals from the Fred remnants.

Rain was coming down in buckets last night in Orwigsburg. We were covering the Blue Mountain school board meeting and on several occasions, it was raining so hard you couldn’t hear the mic’d-up board members speaking.

During the meeting, everyone’s phone simultaneously received an EAS Alert regarding a Flash Flood Warning in nearby New Ringgold.

It was near white-out conditions driving on Route 61 for a little while, too. Traffic was inching along as it poured rain.

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