Summer storms drenched the region Friday afternoon, bringing heavy rain and high winds that brought down trees, poles and wires and knocked out power for thousands. The first round of storms that pushed through in the afternoon caused some significant damage in parts of the area. The worst may have been in Bellevue. That’s where a massive tree was uprooted along Cliff Avenue. It brought down three utility poles and a bunch power lines across the street on Meade Avenue. No injuries were reported, but power was knocked out to the area. Duquesne Light crews and a tree cutting service were brought in to clean up at the scene. There were power

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Summer storms drenched the region Friday afternoon, bringing heavy rain and high winds that brought down trees, poles and wires and knocked out power for thousands. The first round of storms that pushed through in the afternoon caused some significant damage in parts of the area. The worst may have been in Bellevue. That’s where a massive tree was uprooted along Cliff Avenue. It brought down three utility poles and a bunch power lines across the street on Meade Avenue. No injuries were reported, but power was knocked out to the area. Duquesne Light crews and a tree cutting service were brought in to clean up at the scene. There were power

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Scientists have just made a big discovery about 4,000 light years from Earth, literally. They’ve found a huge moon the size of Neptune orbiting a planet the size of Jupiter, albeit with 10 times the mass, and it is the first time astronomers have ever discovered a moon outside of our solar system. The so-called “exomoon” has been dubbed Kepler-1625b after the telescope that spotted it. Data from the Hubble Space Telescope also assisted in the search. Scientists have had trouble finding exomoons in the past because many of them are much smaller than planets, and it’s hard enough to find a planet outside of our solar system. To find a

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Scientists have just made a big discovery about 4,000 light years from Earth, literally. They’ve found a huge moon the size of Neptune orbiting a planet the size of Jupiter, albeit with 10 times the mass, and it is the first time astronomers have ever discovered a moon outside of our solar system. The so-called “exomoon” has been dubbed Kepler-1625b after the telescope that spotted it. Data from the Hubble Space Telescope also assisted in the search. Scientists have had trouble finding exomoons in the past because many of them are much smaller than planets, and it’s hard enough to find a planet outside of our solar system. To find a

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Heavy, slow-moving downpours caused severe flash flooding across western Pennsylvania on Friday night. The most severe flooding was reported in Allegheny, Fayette and Washington counties. A Flash Flood Warning was in effect for much of the evening for several parts of the area. In Allegheny, Armstrong and Butler counties, the warning was issued until 4:15 a.m. Saturday. Flooding in several areas, including Scott Township, Baldwin, Greentree, Springdale and Oakmont. Route 51 had to be shut down in spots due to high waters. In Fayette County, the flooding was so severe emergency officials were warning residents to stay off the roads completely. The hardest hit areas are Georges and Union Townships and Hopwood. In Masontown, a creek rose over its banks, flooding Smithfield-Masontown Road.

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Heavy, slow-moving downpours caused severe flash flooding across western Pennsylvania on Friday night. The most severe flooding was reported in Allegheny, Fayette and Washington counties. A Flash Flood Warning was in effect for much of the evening for several parts of the area. In Allegheny, Armstrong and Butler counties, the warning was issued until 4:15 a.m. Saturday. Flooding in several areas, including Scott Township, Baldwin, Greentree, Springdale and Oakmont. Route 51 had to be shut down in spots due to high waters. In Fayette County, the flooding was so severe emergency officials were warning residents to stay off the roads completely. The hardest hit areas are Georges and Union Townships and Hopwood. In Masontown, a creek rose over its banks, flooding Smithfield-Masontown Road.

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Flash flooding sent inches upon inches of water into the streets of Washington, Pa. Friday evening stranding residents and submerging vehicles. Several homes suffered flooding to their basements including damage to furnaces, air conditioning units and washing machines. One woman said her new drainage system had just been installed Tuesday yet still failed. Backyards looked like lakes and streets looked more like streams. The fire department on West Wheeling St said they received 90 calls during the storm and afterwards for help. Fortunately no one was injured. Additional flooding loomed as rainfall continued again past 10:00 p.m. in Washington. Parts of Westmoreland county flooded, and water rescue teams were out with

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Flash flooding sent inches upon inches of water into the streets of Washington, Pa. Friday evening stranding residents and submerging vehicles. Several homes suffered flooding to their basements including damage to furnaces, air conditioning units and washing machines. One woman said her new drainage system had just been installed Tuesday yet still failed. Backyards looked like lakes and streets looked more like streams. The fire department on West Wheeling St said they received 90 calls during the storm and afterwards for help. Fortunately no one was injured. Additional flooding loomed as rainfall continued again past 10:00 p.m. in Washington. Parts of Westmoreland county flooded, and water rescue teams were out with

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On August 21, a solar eclipse will stretch from Oregon to South Carolina providing a once in a lifetime view. The eclipse can impact us right here at home. During the solar eclipse, the Corona or the outside region of the Suns atmosphere will be exposed. This is a region where all of the “action” happens and that tends to impact us right here on earth. The Sun constantly throws off huge amounts of energy called solar flares and large amounts of solar material that can create a harsh environment for astronauts in space. That can interfere with technology, GPS systems, communication signals for ships and airplanes. In the worst case scenario,

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On August 21, a solar eclipse will stretch from Oregon to South Carolina providing a once in a lifetime view. The eclipse can impact us right here at home. During the solar eclipse, the Corona or the outside region of the Suns atmosphere will be exposed. This is a region where all of the “action” happens and that tends to impact us right here on earth. The Sun constantly throws off huge amounts of energy called solar flares and large amounts of solar material that can create a harsh environment for astronauts in space. That can interfere with technology, GPS systems, communication signals for ships and airplanes. In the worst case scenario,

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Three days of stormy weather is expected to hit Eastern Pennsylvania beginning Thursday night and going through Saturday. Gusty thunderstorms and drenching downpours are expected on Friday and Saturday, according to forecasters. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the region, saying showers and thunderstorms may produce locally heavy rainfall Thursday night. There is also the potential for heavy rainfall Friday afternoon through Saturday morning. The rainstorm is unusual because it will come with steady rain for 12 hours or more in many locations. Typically in the summer, rainfall is limited to a few hours unless there’s a tropical storm. Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly

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Three days of stormy weather is expected to hit Eastern Pennsylvania beginning Thursday night and going through Saturday. Gusty thunderstorms and drenching downpours are expected on Friday and Saturday, according to forecasters. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the region, saying showers and thunderstorms may produce locally heavy rainfall Thursday night. There is also the potential for heavy rainfall Friday afternoon through Saturday morning. The rainstorm is unusual because it will come with steady rain for 12 hours or more in many locations. Typically in the summer, rainfall is limited to a few hours unless there’s a tropical storm. Tonight: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly

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Scattered thunderstorms will develop across a large portion of the US Thursday. A few storms may produce gusty winds across the central/northern High Plains and from Oklahoma to southern New England. High-PW plume will be gradually shunted southeast across the contiguous US during the day2 period as a frontal zone progresses to a position from Lake ON, southwest across IN into northern OK by 18z. This high PW plume will be characterized by poor lapse rates with embedded left over convective MCVs. Each of these features will be difficult to predict with any certainty beyond a few hours and 12z model guidance is not particularly useful identifying any notable feature that

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Scattered thunderstorms will develop across a large portion of the US Thursday. A few storms may produce gusty winds across the central/northern High Plains and from Oklahoma to southern New England. High-PW plume will be gradually shunted southeast across the contiguous US during the day2 period as a frontal zone progresses to a position from Lake ON, southwest across IN into northern OK by 18z. This high PW plume will be characterized by poor lapse rates with embedded left over convective MCVs. Each of these features will be difficult to predict with any certainty beyond a few hours and 12z model guidance is not particularly useful identifying any notable feature that

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Flooding will continue through the night and into the morning hours Monday as additional rounds of showers and thunderstorms move into southeastern Pennsylvania.  Some areas will see upwards of 6 inches of rainfall. Additionally, rounds of heavy rain and thunderstorms will move from Pittsburgh to Scranton into the early morning hours Monday. This corridor will receive 1-3 inches of rain overnight, with some areas seeing up to 5 inches of rain. Flooding will be likely across this area into tomorrow morning. According to local media, Woodlayne Court Apartments in Middletown, Pennsylvania, are being evacuated as about five feet of water have flooded into the basement. First responders are on the scene to

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Flooding will continue through the night and into the morning hours Monday as additional rounds of showers and thunderstorms move into southeastern Pennsylvania.  Some areas will see upwards of 6 inches of rainfall. Additionally, rounds of heavy rain and thunderstorms will move from Pittsburgh to Scranton into the early morning hours Monday. This corridor will receive 1-3 inches of rain overnight, with some areas seeing up to 5 inches of rain. Flooding will be likely across this area into tomorrow morning. According to local media, Woodlayne Court Apartments in Middletown, Pennsylvania, are being evacuated as about five feet of water have flooded into the basement. First responders are on the scene to

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Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop across this region in patchwork fashion, along and ahead of the surface cold front today into this evening. Activity will offer mainly damaging wind, with isolated severe hail also possible. The risk area remains rather broad-brushed and generalized at this time due to the messy, nuanced character and mesoscale dependence of potential convective foci. (blue area shows a 40% chance of thunderstorms for today) On Monday, Isolated strong/severe storms may occur over portions of the northern Plains vicinity, as well as across parts of the central Appalachians and mid Atlantic region. Strong storms may be ongoing at the start of the period across portions of the southern

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Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop across this region in patchwork fashion, along and ahead of the surface cold front today into this evening. Activity will offer mainly damaging wind, with isolated severe hail also possible. The risk area remains rather broad-brushed and generalized at this time due to the messy, nuanced character and mesoscale dependence of potential convective foci. (blue area shows a 40% chance of thunderstorms for today) On Monday, Isolated strong/severe storms may occur over portions of the northern Plains vicinity, as well as across parts of the central Appalachians and mid Atlantic region. Strong storms may be ongoing at the start of the period across portions of the southern

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The pattern responsible for sparse severe thunderstorm activity and heavy rainfall the past few days will energize and increase the risk to lives and property across the northeastern United States this weekend. Those sweltering in recent days from blazing sunshine, heat and high humidity will get relief but at a price. Motorists and those spending time outdoors should be on the lookout for rapidly changing weather conditions. Airline passengers are likely to face delays as storms approach their departure, arrival or connection hubs. A couple of storm systems will roll eastward from the Midwest this weekend. These storms will tap the high level of moisture in the region as well as

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The pattern responsible for sparse severe thunderstorm activity and heavy rainfall the past few days will energize and increase the risk to lives and property across the northeastern United States this weekend. Those sweltering in recent days from blazing sunshine, heat and high humidity will get relief but at a price. Motorists and those spending time outdoors should be on the lookout for rapidly changing weather conditions. Airline passengers are likely to face delays as storms approach their departure, arrival or connection hubs. A couple of storm systems will roll eastward from the Midwest this weekend. These storms will tap the high level of moisture in the region as well as

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