Dry weather on its way this weekend

Tropical moisture brings 1"-2" of rain through Saturday (8/28/20)

PITTSBURGH — UPDATE 9:15 p.m.: Allegheny County officials said residents in McKeesport, White Oak and Versailles are experiencing a water shortage with outages and low water pressure.

It’s unclear what is causing this issue or when it will be fixed.

Officials told Channel 11 they are offering assistance to those who need it, and the water company is trying to find the source and determine impact.

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UPDATE 7:40 p.m.: The weekend won’t be a washout! A few scattered showers or storms will move through the area before sunset Saturday, then we’ll finally get a chance to dry out.

Severe Weather Team 11 has been tracking the remnant moisture from Laura, and the latest updates are keeping the heaviest rain south of our area.

Showers and a few storms will develop mid-morning through early afternoon, with isolated pockets of moderate rain -- especially south and east of Pittsburgh.

Cooler, more comfortable air will filter in through the evening, with skies gradually clearing. Head outdoors Sunday and enjoy a pleasant end to the weekend.

UPDATE 5:30 p.m.: PennDOT crews were out Friday afternoon cleaning drainage pipes and sewers to prepare for another round of storms.

Police told Channel 11 the water level was five feet high around 3 p.m. on Seavey Road in the Northside, when a car got stuck in floodwaters. Luckily, the driver got out and wasn’t injured.

Another car got stranded on Eckert Street in Woods Run when the rain was the heaviest. That driver escaped unharmed as well as the water quickly rose.

At least 5 feet of water covered Seavey Road at one point after heavy rain

UPDATE 5:20 p.m.: There are still about 6,800 Duquesne Light customers without power after last night’s storms continued on Friday.

The company said crews are working “around the clock” and that most of the remaining outages are expected to be repaired by late Saturday afternoon. Everyone should have power back by Saturday night.

You can read the company’s release below:

“The company reported that it hasn’t experienced any major setbacks after another line of storms came through the region this afternoon, allowing restorations to continue. With more severe weather expected this evening and into tomorrow, DLC has increased staffing to prepare for any additional outages. Anyone who experiences an outage can report it on DLC’s website, its mobile app or by calling 412-393-7000.

With many downed lines, uprooted trees and broken poles caused by the storms, DLC is warning the public to take proper precautions and avoid hazardous areas when outdoors.”

UPDATE 4 p.m.: The Tornado Warning issued for parts of Fayette County has been allowed to expire. Strong storms and heavy rains are still moving through the region.

UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: A Tornado Warning has been issued for parts of Fayette County.


UPDATE 3:20 p.m.: Call your airline if you are flying out of Pittsburgh International Airport this evening. Due to severe weather, several flights have been delayed.

Read more here for airport operations.

Flight Aware is tracking delays and cancellations at Pittsburgh International Airport due to severe weather.
Flight Aware is tracking delays and cancellations at Pittsburgh International Airport due to severe weather. (Flight Aware)

UPDATE 3:06 p.m.: A new Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for parts of Washington County.

UPDATE 3 p.m.: A separate warning has been issued for parts of Fayette County.

County officials report significant flooding in Robinson.

UPDATE 2:15 p.m.: The National Weather Service has issued to a Flash Flood Warning for parts of Westmoreland County.

UPDATE 2 p.m.: Fire officials are investigating a house that was struck by lightning in Aspinwall.

Fire officials were checking this house in Aspinwall that was struck by lightning.
Fire officials were checking this house in Aspinwall that was struck by lightning.

UPDATE 1:45 p.m.: Witnesses said a man had to be rescued after he became stuck in his car as flash flooding quickly submerged it.

RAW: Vehicle stuck in flood waters

UPDATE 1:35 p.m.: Officials in Shaler Township report Seavey Road is close due to flooding.

UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: Allegheny County officials are dealing with a number of high water issues and a number of roads are closed throughout the area.

UPDATE 1:28 p.m.: Duquesne Light reports 11,545 customers are without power as of 1:03 p.m. as heavy thunderstorms moved through the region.

UPDATE 1:16 p.m.: A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for parts of Allegheny, Westmoreland and Indiana counties until 6:45 p.m. This includes Imperial, Pittsburgh, Plum, Delmont, Greensburg, Derry and Blairsville among other areas.

UPDATE 12:45 p.m.: A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for parts of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties until 6:30 p.m. after heavy rains and storms pushed through the area.

UPDATE 10:55 a.m.: A Flood Advisory is in effect until 1:45 p.m. for part of the area.

UPDATE 10:50 a.m.: Severe thunderstorms have already developed during the morning hours. Rain coverage will continue to increase this afternoon and evening, with strong cells expected. These cells could include heavy rain that could lead to flooding, damaging straight-line winds and hail. Isolated tornadoes could also develop. Any training cells could provide 1 to 2 inches of rain per hour.

Severe Weather Team 11 will continue to track severe weather threats today and will provide updates when needed.

If you want to receive alerts about weather, download our Severe Weather Team 11 app.

Showers and storms are expected tomorrow, with increased moisture from the remnants of Laura and as a cold front tracks through the area. The risk for strong to severe storms will mainly be during the afternoon and early evening. Later in the night, drier and cooler air will filter in behind the cold front.

Better weather is set for day two of the weekend. Sunday brings back sunshine and cooler temperatures.

UPDATE 10:35 a.m.: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 11:15 a.m. for parts of Indiana, Jefferson, Armstrong and Clarion counties.

UPDATE 9:45 a.m.: A new Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 10:30 a.m. for parts of Armstrong, Butler, Clarion and Venango counties.

UPDATE 9 a.m.: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 9:45 a.m. for parts of Butler, Lawrence, Mercer and Venango counties.

ORIGINAL STORY: It will be an active couple of days, with several rounds of showers and storms crossing the area through Saturday.

The good news is we’ll see some much-needed rain to help ease the drought across much of the area. The bad news is some of the storms will be severe, with damaging winds in excess of 60 mph.

Thunderstorms will fire up through the day Friday, with several rounds crossing the area. Storms could be strong at times, with damaging winds, hail and flooding rain. Repeated rounds of heavy rain over the same areas will make localized flooding a bigger concern.

If you want to receive alerts about weather, download our Severe Weather Team 11 app.

A cold front approaching the area this weekend coupled with tropical moisture from the remnants of Hurricane Laura will provide the potential for heavy rain late Friday night and Saturday. The latest track brings the system close to our area late Friday night through Saturday afternoon.

Pockets of heavy rain could cause localized flooding, with some areas getting more than 2 inches of rain. Right now, the heaviest rain should be south of Pittsburgh.

Stay with Severe Weather Team 11 as we track the severe weather threats for your neighborhood.