• Severe storms bring down trees, cause power outages across western Pennsylvania

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    PITTSBURGH - A strong storm that moved through the Channel 11 viewing area Thursday evening prompted severe weather watches and warnings, and the impact was still being felt well into Friday.

    A landslide Friday morning brought down power lines and blocked Allegheny River Boulevard in Pittsburgh. The road reopened shortly after 11 a.m.


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    Meanwhile, three trees came down in McCandless, cutting off access to the Talleybrooke neighborhood. Crews worked more than two hours Friday morning to remove those trees from the road.

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    The National Weather Service told Channel 11's Jennifer Tomazic that straight line winds in excess of 60 miles per hour caused damage there and on Pine Ridge Rive.

    Another fallen tree ruptured a gas line along Old Perry Highway. 

    Meintart Road in Franklin Park was closed late Thursday due to a fallen tree that brought down live wires. 

    Emergency dispatchers confirmed at least two people were rescued after their vehicles became trapped in flood waters on Streets Run and Brentwood roads in Baldwin just before 10:30 p.m. Both were taken away in an ambulance. Their conditions were not released.

    Severe Weather Team 11 Meteorologist Valerie Smock said most of the day Friday will be dry, but a stray shower or pop-up storm is possible. 

    "The remnants of what was Tropical Storm Bill will push toward the area Saturday, triggering scattered showers and a few storms," Smock said.

    "The heaviest rain should fall Saturday evening and Saturday night, mainly south of Pittsburgh," she added. 

    Smock said 4.94 inches of rain has fallen in Pittsburgh so far this June. Normal rainfall for the entire month is 4.30 inches.

     



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