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June 07, 2013

Storm injures person, traps cars near Merion Golf Club

Posted at 12:30 PM by Mike Walker | Categories: Merion Golf Club, U.S. Open, USGA

UPDATE: Heavy rains from remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea caused two emergencies at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., on Friday, according to the Main Line Times.

Heavy rains pelting Merion Golf Club Friday afternoon created two emergencies at the club which is gearing up to host the 2013 U.S. Open next week. Police radio reported that about 3: 45 p.m., two cars became stranded in high water at Tunbridge Road and Ardmore Avenue. Police and Oakmont firefighters helped remove three people from the cars.

Shortly after that, a report that a tree branch came down and injured a person near the 12th hole off of Golfview Road. He was being treated at the scene.

STORY: U.S. Open host Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., will get soaked with rain Friday, and the USGA has a back-up plan if flooding affects the course.

According to Merion superintendent Arron McCurdy, the USGA will use two holes from Merion’s West Course -- the 4th and the 5th -- in the U.S. Open if two flood-prone holes on the East Course -- the 11th and 12th -- are unplayable during the tournament. McCurdy told Golf Course Management that he expects the course to be fine when the tournament starts next Thursday: "I'm not really concerned at this point."

The remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea will dump between 2 and 4 inches of rain on the Philadelphia region on Friday, according to the National Weather Service, but the weather should be clear before the beginning of the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., next Thursday.

Meteorologist Kristin Kline said that the Atlantic hurricane season started on June 1, but that storms typically develop later in the season. The Philadelphia region averages 3.43 inches of rain for the entire month of June.

“We are getting off to a quick start,” she said, “but it’s not unheard of.”

Areas with poor drainage will probably see some flooding, Kline said, but the National Weather Service is not expecting major flooding issues in the Philadelphia area. Rainfall from Andrea will swell streams and creeks to the top of their banks, she said, but major rivers will not be affected.

After the storm passes through, the long-term forecast for Philadelphia looks benign, Kline said. More rain -- between a half-inch to an inch -- is possible from Sunday night to Monday night as a cold front passes through the area, but the rainfall will nothing like Andrea, Kline said.

The forecast for the actual tournament is excellent. Wednesday and Thursday are expected to be partly sunny with temperatures in the mid-70s and possibly the 80s by the weekend.

Storm image via Weather.com.

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