Hurricane Florence will pose a serious direct threat to parts of the Eastern Seaboard this week. States of emergency have been declared in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia due to possible impacts from the storm. Florence is expected to regain major hurricane status (Category 3 or higher) as it continues to track westward this week. Locally, the Juniata River is currently predicted to crest at 26.3 feet in Lewistown at 8:00 am Tuesday (September 11th). That level of water would flood Hale Street in Lewistown and would have minor flooding on South Main, South Juniata and South Grand Streets. The Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water at Raystown as flood level approaches. Flood warnings have been issued for most of Central Pennsylvania, including Mifflin, Juniata, Huntingdon, Perry, and Snyder Counties.
Construction for a Shade Road (Route 1004) bridge in Juniata County is scheduled to begin this week as part of PennDOT’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. The bridge spans Little Lost Creek in Fayette Township. Construction is expected to be complete in mid-October. During the work schedule, cars will be directed to a detour along Shade Road (Route 1004), Tennis Park Road (Route 1003) and Route 35 (Main Street).
Authorities in Mifflin County are investigating the theft of a Predator 4000-watt generator. The generator was stolen from Sandy Beach Drive in Oliver Township between August 28th and September 4th. Anyone with information should contact State Police at 717-320-1010.
America’s Largest RV 50th Anniversary Show opens at the Giant Center in Hershey this week. A record 1400 new RVs, thousands of accessories, camping supplies and related products will be featured from September 12th through the 16th. The show is presented by the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association. In 2017, a record 64,000 people attended the show. Trade Show News Network ranked Hershey America’s Largest RV Show the 8th top trade show in the country last year.