Hurricane Florence Could Bring Inches Of Rain To Pittsburgh

Current track has the storm affecting Pittsburgh Monday night through Wednesday

Larry Richert and John Shumway
September 13, 2018 - 11:34 am

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) Hurricane Florence is has weakened but is still a powerful category 2 storm with winds near 110 mph and the outer bands of wind and rain are already affecting North Carolina.

AccuWeather’s Elliot Abrams tells the KDKA Radio Morning News the main concern is flooding.

“There can be 10, 20, 30 inches of rain in some spots as it heads into North Carolina,” said Abrams.

One resident says while he is still taking Florence seriously, he lives a little more inland so he doesn't expect much damage

Like Hurricane Harvey in Texas last year, Florence is expected to stall once it hits land and that concerns meteorologists because a lot of rain could fall over the large area the Hurricane spans.

The storm is not expected to move very much Friday and Saturday, and then it is expected to start tracking north.

“It could give [Pittsburgh] a few inches of rain Monday night or Tuesday night, but all of that depends on whether that track is right. If it heads up to say Detroit or Buffalo, we don’t get that much and if it stays to the south we don’t [much rain],” said Abrams.

Abrams says that if Pittsburgh does take a direct hit we will see 15-20 mph winds, which is nothing unusual . . . but it would be the amount of rain and the rate that it falls rather than any strong winds.”