Flash flooding hits areas southeast of Pittsburgh


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A hard, fast-moving rain that hit southeast of Pittsburgh caused flash flooding that will recede almost as quickly as it rose, according to the National Weather Service.

Already inundated by water from tumultuous weather Tuesday, today's storms didn't bring much damage, just more water to areas including Boston, Elizabeth, Liberty, Lincoln and Versailles, National Weather Service meteorologist Bob Coblentz said.

Allegheny County and Pittsburgh swiftwater recovery teams responded to help with rescues in the area. Five people in Elizabeth had been rescued.

Power outages were reported in Clairton, Forward, Glassport, Liberty, McKeesport, North Versailles and Versailles. Nearly 2,500 Duquesne Light customers were without power around 10 p.m., spokesman Joey Vallarian said. Most damage -- broken poles and downed trees and wires -- was in eastern Allegheny County, he said.

Late afternoon or early evening thunderstorms should be expected daily through Saturday, Mr. Coblentz said.

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Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.


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