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Western Pennsylvania under flood watch for Sunday

| Saturday, July 6, 2013, 11:57 p.m.

Western Pennsylvania is under a flood watch on Sunday, with forecasters warning that some areas could get 2 inches of rain in three hours.

The watch extends as far north as Butler County, with stronger storms expected from Sunday afternoon through evening, according to the National Weather Service in Moon.

Overall, the region should receive between a half-inch to three-quarters of an inch of rain. The rain totals can be higher in areas that have successive storms, meteorologists added. Storms will move from the southwest to northeast, according to the weather service.

The watch is the latest in a weather pattern of strong and frequent storms expected to last through Thursday, according to the weather service. Many areas have received several inches of rain in the last couple of weeks.

About 20 people were expected Saturday at a cooling center at the Market House Healthy Active Living Center in the city's South Side, director Sarah Johnston said. She added that cooling centers in Greenfield, Homewood and Sheraden, average about 20 people on each hot day.

On the South Side, those coming in for a break from the warm weather, ages 60 and over, were watching movies, playing board games, even exercising.

“They come in and work out, even though it's hot out,” Johnston said.

She added that the centers might reopen Wednesday, depending on the weather.

The forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of rain through Tuesday, a 40 percent chance on Wednesday, and 50 percent on Thursday, with highs near the mid-80s.

Friday is the first day in nearly two weeks in which the weather service calls for a forecast of mostly sunny, with nearly no chance of rain.

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or bvidonic@tribweb.com.

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