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        Nearly all of Pennsylvania has been placed under a slight risk by the Storm Prediction Center for severe thunderstorms Saturday. What comes with a slight risk? Scattered severe thunderstorms with wind damage reports, hail, and a few tornadoes. At this time, we are not expecting tornadic activity in Pennsylvania. With that said, one tornado in the entire state wouldn’t be too surprising. The main threat looks to be damaging winds. Here is the Storm Prediction Center’s Map.

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        Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms will be around the state Saturday Afternoon, but we are really focusing on the evening. A strong line of thunderstorms could develop over Lake Erie late afternoon, moving across the state Saturday Evening. We don’t think a full out derecho is likely, but there will definitely be very strong winds with this line if it does form like we think it will.

        The National Weather Service in State College, PA has issued a hazardous weather outlook stating those with afternoon and evening activities should plan for the possibility of severe weather. Also unlike last Sunday, there will undoubtedly be cloud-to-ground lightning with this line Saturday Evening if it does form. So, even if you only plan to be outside for 10 or 20 minutes you will need to stay tuned to a reliable weather source who posts watches and warnings for your county.

        Between 1959 and 2014, there were 133 deaths in Pennsylvania caused by lightning. Remember to share this article with your family and friends as Saturday is usually a day to spend time outside. Don’t forget to like us on facebook if you haven’t already by clicking here. We will be providing more updates on this risk and will be posting all watches and warnings Saturday. Stay safe everyone!