Today's News

There are still thousands of people across the region that don’t have power. About 300 people are without power in Addison, Somerset County.  In West Virginia, at least 250-thousand residents and businesses were without power as of last night.

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Flood warnings are lifted through the region.  The National Weather Service predicts many rivers in Western Pennsylvania will remain at about six feet before returning to normal over the weekend.  The Youghiogheny River crested yesterday at ten-and-a-half feet, which is a foot and a half below flood stage.

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The weather is being blamed for one death in Somerset County.  81 year old Alice Himes of Massachusetts was in a car that went off the snow-covered roadway and overturned in a pond.  It happened on Route 281 in Upper Turkeyfoot Township.  The driver of the car was not hurt.

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Meteorologists say Western Pennsylvania largely escaped the devastating one-two punch of heavy rain and high wind from a hybrid storm that started out as Hurricane Sandy.  The say that most of most of western Pennsylvania "may have dodged a bullet."  There was flooding and wind damage, but no where near as much as New York and New Jersey. 

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About three of every four flights scheduled at Pittsburgh International Airport yesterday were canceled or rescheduled due to the storm.   Most flights are expected to be back on schedule today, but officials warn passengers to check with the airline before heading to the airport.

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GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT SAYS HURRICANE SANDY AND ITS AFTERMATH KILLED 5 PEOPLE IN PENNSYLVANIA AND LEFT MORE THAN ONE MILLION WITHOUT POWER.  38 PENNSYLVANIA COUNTIES DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY AND 600 RESIDENTS SPENT TIME IN ABOUT 57 SHELTERS.   PENNSYLVANIA ALSO SENT 35 AMBULANCES AND A MASS CASUALTY BUS TO THE NEIGHBORING STATES.   CORBETT SAYS HE WON'T KNOW UNTIL AT LEAST NEXT WEEK THE STATE’S DAMAGE ESTIMATE.

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HURRICANE SANDY BROUGHT STRONG WINDS AND LOTS OF RAIN TO CAMBRIA, BLAIR, AND CLEARFIELD COUNTIES…BUT 7 SPRINGS MOUNTAIN RESORT IN SOMERSET COUNTY GOT 14 INCHES OF SNOW.   UNFORTUNATELY FOR SKIERS, RESORT OFFICIALS SAY THE SNOW IS TOO WET AND DENSE TO OPEN THE SLOPES, AND THEY NEED A LOT MORE OF IT BEFORE SKIERS CAN STRAP ON THEIR SKIS.
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240 CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA RESIDENTS USED RED CROSS SHELTERS DURING SUPERSTORM SANDY. ALL SHELTERS IN OUR AREA ARE NOW CLOSED. ACROSS THE EAST COAST, ROUGHLY 11-THOUSAND PEOPLE SPENT MONDAY NIGHT IN 250 SHELTERS IN 16 STATES.

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