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Severe Weather Prompts Flash Flood Watches, Warnings

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – More severe weather moved into western Pennsylvania Thursday morning, which has triggered several alerts.

According to KDKA-TV Meteorologist Ron Smiley, a Flash Flood Warning was issued for parts of Allegheny County until 10 a.m.

Meanwhile, a Flash Flood Watch is in effect for all of western Pennsylvania until midnight.

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Two rounds of rain are expected to impact the area on Thursday. The heaviest morning rain has moved off to the west of the Pittsburgh area.

However, Armstrong and Westmoreland counties could see flash flooding though noon.

We will get a break in activity until about 5 p.m., when some rain could arrive ahead of cold front.

Cooler weather is expected on Friday and the weekend is looking dry.

Meawhile, reports of damage and flooding are coming in from around the area.

In Millvale, Girty's Run rose quickly and flooded several streets. At one point, nine people were trapped in their homes and North Avenue and Evergreen Road were flooded out.

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Police were asking for people to avoid the area.

In Verona, several trees have been uprooted. In the area of South Avenue near Fourth Street, one tree fell onto a home.

"This is my father's house. I got a call around 9 o'clock telling me the tree out front went through the roof, the windows, the side of the house, everything. So, we came out and checked it out and as you can see, there's substantial damage to the sidewalk, the house, everything," Jim Anker Jr. said.

In Aspinwall, residents along Delafield Road are dealing with flooding for the second time this week.

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Early Thursday morning, the road looked more like a river. As a result, a section of the road is closed and Public Works crews are on scene.

There are also reports of flooding along Babcock Boulevard and McKnight Road. In fact, Babcock Boulevard has been closed at McKnight Road.

The inbound side of McKnight Road was also closed between Nelson Run and the Parkway North.

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(Photo Credit: Jeff Roupe/KDKA)

The Zone Five police station on Washington Boulevard, near Highland Park is also dealing with a flood emergency.

Floodwaters, mud and debris is covering the parking lot.

The waters also seeped into the station itself, down the hallways and into some offices.

Zone Five is still operating, but the cleanup is underway.

Thousands of people are also without power.

According to Duquesne Light, about 6,000 customers were without power as of noon. Most of those affected customers are located in northern Allegheny County.

Duquesne Light says it has all available crews working 16-hour shifts to restore power.

The Pittsburgh Zoo is without power and will be closed today.

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