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Authorities in Philadelphia say the sweltering weather has claimed the life of one person.

The Philadelphia Department of Health said Monday that the death of a man in his 70s in west Philadelphia on Saturday was attributed to the heat. No other details were provided.

The National Weather Service said the high Saturday reached 97 degrees with high humidity making it feel much hotter.

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After a few days of sunshine, extreme weather has hit Pittsburgh again.

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Pittsburgh has experienced about 7.5 inches above normal precipitation for the year, according to the National Weather Service. 

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Rain and storms assailed western Pennsylvania this week. Pittsburgh has gotten more than 5 inches of rain this month, approaching the May rainfall record of 6.6 inches, recorded in 1858.

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The National Weather Service says a tornado has been confirmed in eastern Pennsylvania where damage to some homes occurred but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

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On a recent Friday, Ross Mantle searched for the right angle to photograph a landslide site in Millvale. He adjusted the settings on his camera like a photographer from an old movie: his head under a sheet as he prepared his shot. Overhead, the sky was completely gray.  

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Utility crews are working to restore power to thousands of Pennsylvania customers following high winds that roared through the commonwealth, knocking down trees and power lines.

PPL Electric reported more than 20,000 customers without power and said crews were responding to nearly 900 damaged sites. The company says hundreds of workers from other states will help with what it called "a multi-day restoration effort."

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UPDATE: As of Monday night, the Pennsylvania Utilities Commission said utility companies across the state were still working to restore power to 146,000 people. See our earlier story below:

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Thousands of utility customers remain without power in Pennsylvania after high winds roared through the state, knocking down trees and power lines.

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Amtrak is modifying its Keystone Service between New York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, because of the impending winter storm.

On Wednesday, Trains 647 and 651 will terminate in Philadelphia. Train 656 will originate in Philadelphia and Train 620 is canceled.

Amtrak says Northeast Corridor service between Boston and Washington and points south will continue to operate as scheduled.

Amtrak passengers are advised to check on their train's status throughout the day.

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The Pittsburgh region could get hit with 4 inches of snow, just in time for the Wednesday morning commute.

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A swath of wild weather brought high winds, thunderstorms, hail and a rare winter tornado warning to western Pennsylvania, causing downed trees and damage to buildings but no injuries.

Lee Hendrickson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh, tells the Meadville Tribune weather spotters reported a funnel cloud during Tuesday's storm, but there were no reports of a touchdown.

At least five homes were damaged in Trumbull and Mercer counties. The Sharon Herald reports school children had to take shelter during the tornado warning.

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Warm temperatures and little snow this winter is forcing Seven Springs Resort to make sure artificial snow is covering enough of its slopes.

Katie Buchan, a spokesperson for Seven Springs southeast of Pittsburgh, says artificial snow is a big part of the resort's operations. She said Seven Springs is taking every chance it can to make the fake stuff, which requires a sustained temperature of 28 degrees or lower.

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The first snowstorm of the season caused havoc around Pennsylvania, downing trees and power lines and causing a travel nightmare, including for some drivers who were stuck for 12 hours on a snowy interstate.

Will Fall Colors Ever Arrive In Western PA?

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Western Pennsylvania usually has spectacular fall colors, but this year they’re late and lackluster.

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Pennsylvania is sending National Guard troops, helicopters and other specialists and equipment to help with the response and recovery efforts for Hurricane Florence.

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Parts of Allegheny County received more than 7 inches of rain over the past few days, according to the National Weather Service. That helped Pittsburgh surpass its average annual rainfall of 38 inches, with this year's total above 40 inches. 

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As schools without air conditioning close early and cooling centers stay open late, the city of Pittsburgh is trying not to sweat it out.

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The Pittsburgh region has been hit recently by several storms, causing flooding, power outages and other issues. 

Powerful rain drenched the city Wednesday evening, dropping 2 inches of rain and knocking out power in parts of the city. Rain Monday night broke a record and closed several large roads with flooding.

More rain is expected Thursday afternoon. The National Weather Service says to expect heavy rainfall with thunderstorms. A flash flood watch is in effect from noon to midnight.

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National Weather Service investigators confirm that a second tornado touched down Wednesday evening in Pennsylvania.

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In Spring Hill, early 20th Century houses look out over cinematic views of downtown Pittsburgh. The front of 36-year-old resident Randal Miller’s home appears fine, but the back is a mess. Part of it was slammed by a landslide this February.

“The door broke in the first day,” he said. “It didn’t break in in a way that like you could move it, cause there’s like trees sticking through.”

Miller’s laundry room sustained the worst of the damage. Reddish mud and glass cake the floor and everything smell likes mildew.

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A recent onslaught of rain will continue sporadically this week in the Pittsburgh region.

The city and some surrounding counties are under a flash flood watch until 2 a.m. Wednesday, due to a hazardous combination of melting snow, steady rainfall, rising rivers and possible icy thunderstorms. 

Spring Nor'Easter Dumps Several Inches Of Snow On Pittsburgh

Mar 21, 2018
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A spring nor'easter targeted the Northeast on Wednesday with strong winds and a foot or more of snow expected in some parts of the East Coast.

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Pennsylvania utility companies say more than 110,000 customers are without power following the state's second major snowstorm in less than a week.

More than a foot of snow fell in parts of the state Wednesday, causing treacherous travel in some areas. Many schools and businesses remained closed Thursday or were holding delayed openings.

The most outages are reported by Peco, which said about 55,500 customers were without service Thursday morning. About 47,000 of those customers are in the Philadelphia suburb of Bucks County.

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The Pittsburgh area has broken a monthly rainfall record that dates back to the 19th century.

The National Weather Service said Sunday that the 6.68 inches of rainfall during February at Pittsburgh International Airport breaks the old monthly record of 6.52 inches "set all the way back in 1887."

Allegheny County officials said Sunday that river levels were expected to rise throughout the day, but forecasts for river crests were lowered. Flood watches remained in effect and an approaching cold front is expected to bring high winds.

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A landslide in a Pittsburgh neighborhood has destroyed a house, forced the closure of a road and knocked out electricity to adjacent neighborhoods.

The city says the landslide in the Duquesne Heights neighborhood worsened Sunday afternoon, pouring over a retaining wall and closing a section of roadway.

Officials say a house that was evacuated Friday evening "is now destroyed." The city says the owners were able to retrieve some essential belongings on Saturday.

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A flood warning is in place in Pittsburgh through Sunday due to predicted heavy rainfall, and residents can expect the flooding to be similar to what happened last weekend.

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Winter is far from over, but a warm front through the Pittsburgh region is just enough to give Yinzers a taste of spring. With the high projected to be in the 70s Tuesday, we've put together a list of (totally silly) ways to take advantage of some unexpectedly warm weather in the heart of February. 

1. Go on a quick kayak trip ... on a major Downtown street.

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Many schools have delayed opening after a blast of snow moved through western Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh Public Schools is operating on a 2-hour delay Monday morning. 

Several inches of snow covered roads and slowed motorists in the Pittsburgh area Monday.

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Pittsburgh is expected to get as much as 5 inches of snow overnight and into Wednesday morning's commute – and the city says it's prepared.

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Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog foresees no early end to winter.

Punxsutawney Phil's handlers announced Friday the weather prognosticator saw his shadow.

Legend has it if the furry rodent casts a shadow on Feb. 2, Groundhog Day, expect six more weeks of winter-like weather.

Phil's prediction is decided ahead of time by the group on Gobbler's Knob, a tiny hill just outside of Punxsutawney. That's about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Spectators bundled up and bopped to music amid the camp and kitsch with the temperature around 11 degrees.

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