Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued, Threat Of Tornado Exists Friday Evening

Heavy rain and wind could move through Southwestern PA Friday evening

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Pittsburgh (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for much of Southwestern Pennsylvania until 11 p.m. Friday.

The slight possibility of a tornado exists in some spots along with locally damaging wind in others.

AccuWeather Meteorologist John Feerick tells the KDKA Radio Afternoon News. "I think the main threat from these storms as they work across the area a little bit later on this evening is going to be from straight-line damaging wind gusts."

"That's not to say there can't be an isolated tornado somewhere across Western Pennsylvania, but certainly the main threat is going to be from damaging winds."

Feerick adds that the line moves through the area sometime between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. starting in the western areas then working east. 

We could see wind gusts of 60-70 MPH. 

Temperatures will take a dive into the mid-50s overnight and Pittsburgh will only have a high in the mid-60s Saturday afternoon.

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