Lee Hendricks doesn't consider current conditions to be your typical trick-or-treating weather.
“There’s been nothing normal about this storm,” said Hendricks, meterologist with the National Weather Service in Moon Township.
Still, by all accounts, it appears Western Pennsylvania has escaped relatively unharmed by Hurricane Sandy. Forecasters say the heaviest rain and wind is over.
A flood advisory remains in effect for the Ohio River at Pittsburgh, but Hendricks said rising river waters won’t affect the 10th Street Bypass in Downtown Pittsburgh, which requires 22 feet of water to flood.
“The Point in Pittsburgh is going up to 21.9 feet, which will flood the Mon Parking Wharf but shouldn’t affect the 10th Street Bypass,” Hendricks said.
Minor issues have been reported along the district's rivers, he said. Additional rainfall could cause local streams and creeks to flood.
As of midnight, Hendricks said the National Weather Service in Moon Township recorded 1.78 inches of rainfall. Another .47 inches of rain had been recorded as of 11:05 a.m., a total of 2.25 inches, he said.
The weather service had been calling for up to 4.25 inches of rainfall in the region.
“We’re looking for another 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch over the next 24 hours,” he said.