PITTSBURGH - Rain and strong winds that began Tuesday continued well into Wednesday, causing downed power lines and trees in many areas. Lightning is even being blamed for sparking a house fire in Elizabeth Township.
Severe Weather Team meteorologist Scott Harbaugh said more showers and storms are expected.
Rain will become more scattered during the afternoon, but a secondary line of showers and storms will develop later today.
The best chance for strong thunderstorms is just south of Pittsburgh. However, any location could get a thunderstorm with heavy rain and gusty winds through this evening as a cold front passes through the region. Winds gusts to 50+ mph will be possible in the stronger storms.
People living near streams and creeks should keep an eye out for isolated flooding in some of the heavier downpours. Many water levels are higher than normal due to recent rain.
We’ll end the week with more showers, but the system will finally move out. Wednesday’s high will reach 70 degrees, with temps below seasonal averages for the rest of the week.
Meanwhile, a fire in Elizabeth Township overnight is being blamed on a lightning strike. Channel 11’s Brandon Hudson reported that a tree close to the home on Oberdick Drive was hit, causing a gas line fire in the home.
No injuries were reported.