Hurricane Ida is a dangerous Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph. The storm made landfall in Louisiana yesterday. By early Wednesday, rain from Ida will move into Pennsylvania with the heaviest rain expected to be in the afternoon through early evening. Given that the event is still a couple days away, the timing could change slightly but it appears to be mainly a Wednesday event for us. If the track wobbles north or south rain totals will change but at this point, it’s been determined to be between 2-4” of rain for much of our area. Flooding will be possible but wind issues or any tornado threat is not expected given the storm’s track. Stay tuned for more updates throughout the week.

Governor Tom Wolf announced the opioid disaster declaration he put into place in 2018 will end on Wednesday, after the General Assembly declined coming back to Harrisburg to extend it. The declaration was signed in January 2018 after a record-breaking number of deaths in the state in 2017 from opioid and substance abuse. The declaration was put in place to assist residents in fighting the epidemic through recovery programs and training first responders. The governor renewed the declaration 15 times, including earlier this month citing opioid-related deaths once again skyrocketing in 2020. But due to the legislature having power in renewing declarations, they would’ve had to come back to the Capitol to renew and refused. Even with the end, Gov. Wolf and his administration promise to keep the crisis at the forefront.

PennDOT placed a radar-controlled display board on a Potter Township road. Crews placed the board Thursday on Sand Mountain Road in Centre County. It’s there to remind drivers to obey the posted speed limit and aid in curbing speeding. The board faces northbound traffic between the Route 322 off-ramp and Decker Valley Road. The speed limit on this segment of Sand Mountain Road is 35 miles per hour. Aggressive driving behaviors were a contributing factor in 49% of Centre County crashes in 2020. This board will remain in location for up to four weeks.

If you just got the COVID-19 vaccine you may want to reschedule your mammogram. Doctors have found the vaccine can impact your results. According to Dr. Kimberlee Mudge, a breast surgeon at Leader Surgical Associates UPMC, when you get the COVID-19 vaccine it can cause the lymph nodes in your armpit to swell, which is a normal reaction. This is where the overlap happens. Swollen lymph nodes can also be a sign of cancer, so if you get your mammogram soon after you get the vaccine, it could impact your results. Now that doctors are aware of this overlap they have made some changes. They encourage people to delay getting their mammogram for a good 4-6 weeks after the vaccine to help prevent this problem. This does not mean women shouldn’t get the vaccine or skip their mammograms; instead, communicate with your doctor to make sure the timing is right.