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Last updated: October 08. 2013 12:04AM - 2014 Views
By - elewis@civitasmedia.com



Two men cross West Market Street in Wilkes-Barre around 12:30 Monday afternoon as heavy rains and gusty winds whipped through the area.
Two men cross West Market Street in Wilkes-Barre around 12:30 Monday afternoon as heavy rains and gusty winds whipped through the area.
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Except for two downed trees in Slocum Township and White Haven, and a few flooded intersections in low-lying areas, Luzerne County escaped weather damage when a fast-moving storm swept through the area Monday afternoon.


A little more than 1/2-inch of rain fell between noon and 1 p.m. at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, according to the National Weather Service in Binghamton, N.Y.


Temperatures also dropped by 11 degrees from a high of 74 degrees at 11:54 a.m. within 75 minutes.


Stephen Bekanich, Luzerne County emergency management coordinator, said there was no damage reported in the county from the swift-moving storm.


Weather alerts were issued for the potential of tornadoes and a severe thunderstorm as the storm approached Luzerne County.


The alerts were canceled early Monday afternoon.


Seasonal, fall-like temperatures will return after what felt like mid-July in recent days.


Four of the first six days of October had temperatures of 80 degrees or higher.


Daytime highs for the remainder of the week will be in the mid-to-upper 60s.


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