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Torrential rain caused widespread flash flooding and power outages throughout Cumberland County and all of central Pennsylvania on Thursday evening.

Periods of rain occurred throughout the day, but the heavy bands reached the Carlisle area shortly before 7 p.m. They continued east, resulting in road closures and water rescues in eastern Cumberland County around 8 p.m.

There were six emergency calls for water rescues between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. in eastern Cumberland County, according to dispatch logs provided by the Cumberland County Department of Public Safety. The Yellow Breeches Creek near Camp Hill reached minor flood stage Thursday night, but dropped below flood stage around 8 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Route 15 was flooded in the Camp Hill area Thursday evening, but was clear by Friday morning, according to ABC27.

The Monroe Fire Company reported on Facebook at 7 a.m. Friday morning that West Lisburn Road was closed between Williams Grove Road and Fairway Drive “due to storm damage.”

South Middleton Township didn’t have many flooding concerns, but wind damage kept workers there busy Friday morning.

South Middleton Township Supervisor Tom Faley said at 12:30 p.m. Friday that the township closed two roads due to downed wires. Petersburg Road was closed by the drag strip due to downed wires, and Met-Ed was on the scene.

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Met-Ed crews were also on scene at Mountain Road at Petersburg Road where a downed tree took wires with it.

The township was also dealing with a downed pole on Walnut Bottom Road at Alexander Spring Road, where a tractor-trailer making a turn took out the pole. As of 12:30 p.m. Friday, the township had a call out to a contractor to fix the pole and traffic lights. Currently, the lights for Walnut Bottom are flashing yellow, and the lights facing Alexander Spring Road are flashing red. Traffic on Walnut Bottom has the right-of-way at the intersection.

Power outages were scattered throughout Cumberland County, but did not appear to be widespread as of Friday morning, according to Met-Ed and PPL outage maps. The largest concentration of power outages was in the area between Boiling Springs and Mount Holly Springs, where 100 to 500 customers were without power, according to Met-Ed.

Met-Ed said it expected to restore power to “the majority of affected customers” by 3 p.m., while PPL did not have an estimate for when power would be restored.

Both utilities reported tens of thousands of customers without power statewide Friday morning.

Thursday’s storm also wreaked havoc with trick-or-treat. Many towns postponed trick-or-treat to Friday night or Saturday night, but other municipalities, including Carlisle and South Middleton Township, held it as scheduled. Both municipalities explained their decisions on Facebook, leading to a mix of critical and supportive comments. Indoor activities for children were also scheduled Thursday night in Carlisle and throughout the county.

A list of rescheduled trick-or-treat nights in Cumberland County can be found at The Sentinel’s website.

Thursday’s storm ushered in a cold front, which was expected to bring cool and dry air to central Pennsylvania this weekend. Strong winds were also expected Friday.

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Daniel Walmer covers public safety for The Sentinel. You can reach him by email at dwalmer@cumberlink.com or by phone at 717-218-0021.

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