Flash flood watch expires for Allegheny and surrounding counties

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A flash flood watch for Allegheny, Beaver, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties has expired, though Westmoreland remains under a flood warning until 1:30 a.m.

Weather damage Wednesday was minor, with flooded roads and basements reported tonight in Westmoreland County, National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Kennedy said.

Duquesne Light reported about 1,000 customers without power as of 8 a.m., half of them in the Hill District, South Side and North Side. West Penn Power had 985 customers without service in Washington County and 800 in Allegheny County, mostly in Jefferson Hills and Upper St. Clair.

Due to power outages the following schools were closed Wednesday: Pittsburgh Langley, Pittsburgh Miller, Pittsburgh Manchester and Pittsburgh Weil.

The latest river forecast did not call for flooding at the Mon Wharf, with the river level expected to remain more than a foot below the 18-foot threshold for flooding at the Downtown parking lot along the Monongahela River.

As much as 3 inches fell in parts of the area Tuesday, followed by more heavy rain today. Thursday's forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms and a high in the mid-70s. Friday through Sunday will bring sunny skies and highs around 80.

Lexi Belculfine contributed. First Published May 28, 2014 7:14 AM

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