(PITTSBURGH) June 12, 2013 Residents are urged to be prepared for the possibility of widespread severe weather later this evening and into early tomorrow. The National Weather Service has indicated that there is a high probability of dangerous storms that may hit the Pittsburgh area, causing the potential for flash flooding and wind damage.
The storm is scheduled to begin around 8 p.m. this evening, and continue into early tomorrow. Winds of up to 65 MPH are possible. Both public safety and public works departments have added additional personnel, and public safety has directed the prepositioning of units and equipment.
Residents are urged to err on the side of caution, stay indoors, and check on elderly and disabled neighbors and family. Additionally, stay tuned to local media and your national weather radio to be alerted of any possible new developments.
The City is prepared to respond to a worst possible storm scenario, but needs the public to exercise extreme caution. Do not drive into flooded water, and look out for downed trees and power lines.
In the interest of public safety, various Citiparks events have been cancelled for this evening. A full list is available at pittsburghpa.gov. Those planning to attend any events this evening, such as the Three Rivers Arts Festival, are asked to follow any emergency safety instructions provided by event staff and/or City public safety officials.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013