Mayor Luke Ravenstahl urged residents to use extreme caution this afternoon and evening as severe winds and thunderstorms may affect the Pittsburgh area. The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for Allegheny County until 9 p.m. tonight.
“I urge residents to use extreme caution during their evening commutes and at their homes,” Ravenstahl said. “It is possible that our City will experience dangerously high winds which may cause downed trees and power lines.”
The Mayor is preparing the City for the possibility of extreme weather and has directed the City’s Public Works Crews to prepare for emergency tree removal services and barricades in the event of downed trees and power lines. The Fire Bureau has activated their Severe Storm Plan. In addition, the Mayor’s 311 Response Line will be operating extended hours this evening as the situation requires.
“We’re doing what we can to prepare for the worst to keep our residents safe, and we need the public to take this approaching weather seriously as well,” Ravenstahl said. “Stay away from downed wires, check on your neighbor, stay informed – and stay safe.”
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a Tornado Watch means that tornadoes are possible. Residents should remain alert for approaching storms, and stay tuned to the NOAA weather radio and local news stations for more information.