The US National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the Pittsburgh metropolitan area (Pennsylvania state) on Thursday afternoon (local time), July 11. Rainfall totals of up to 6.5 cm (2.5 in) have been recorded in the area, with an additional 2.5 cm (1 in) forecast over the coming hours. High water levels and continued flooding are possible through Thursday evening across the Pittsburgh area, including in surrounding Allegheny, Washington, Westmoreland, Fayette, and Greene counties.
Road closures and transportation disruptions cannot be ruled out in the affected areas.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. road closures, evacuations), anticipate power outages and transportation disruptions, including dangerous driving conditions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater and chemical products; items having come into contact with floodwater should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.
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