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Power restored; weekend storms to be isolated

| Saturday, July 13, 2013, 12:36 a.m.

Duquesne Light and West Penn Power crews have cleaned up the last isolated service failures triggered by this week's storms.

One of those failures took out McKeesport's WEDO-810. General Manager Jeremy Bosse said the station's North Versailles Township transmitter lost service after sign-off time on Wednesday night.

The daytime-only outlet was unable to sign on Thursday or Friday.

Duquesne Light spokesman Joey Vallarian said the problem apparently was localized to the transmitter site since there were no other outages on Friday in North Versailles.

Duquesne Light and West Penn Power had scattered outages on Friday afternoon.

West Penn Power's last problems included the outage around Irwin Street in Elizabeth which was washed out by Wednesday's flooding.

Parts of Jefferson Hills, West Elizabeth and Elizabeth Township were among the last areas to see power restored.

Forecasters are watching for possible downpours in the wake of former Hurricane Chantal, but do not expect any impact in Pennsylvania.

PennDOT officials said Friday that all state highways closed by this week's flooding have been reopened.

“The storm is really pretty much done. There's just a lot of moisture left over, streaming into Florida,” AccuWeather meteorologist John Dlugoenski said. “There really won't be a track up along the Appalachians into the Pittsburgh area.”

For the most part, the Pittsburgh area has seen the last heavy rain for a while. “It is one of those situations where any precipitation over the next several days is going to be spotty,” Dlugoenski said.

While there is the possibility an isolated storm could pop up and leave a lot of rain, Dlugoenski said, “I think the precipitation over the weekend essentially is going to be spotty, with hit-or-miss shower or thunderstorm activity.”

The area is moving into a “typical summertime pattern” of hot and humid days, he said, that could feature a storm popping up in the afternoon or evening.

“Some areas could go five-six days and not get anything,” the AccuWeather meteorologist said.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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