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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Due to anticipated flooding, the Mon Wharf will be closed on Wednesday and possibly longer.

According to KDKA-TV Meteorologist Ron Smiley, strong storms and rain showers should make for an active afternoon and evening across western Pennsylvania. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued through 8 p.m. for a chunk of our area along with a Flash Flood Watch through midnight.

The severe thunderstorms that are expected to move through have the best chance of doing so through about 6 p.m.

mon wharf closed Mon Wharf To Close Due To Anticipated Flooding

(Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Rob Hopson)

After that, Smiley expects the storms will begin to weaken, especially if they fire in areas behind the main line. The best chance for storms is in an area starting with Allegheny County and extending to the northeast. This line should hold together across the center of Pennsylvania while intensifying as it moves off the coast.

The heaviest of the rain should fall south of Interstate 70.  In all, 1.5 to 2.5 inches of rain is expected to fall with places in Fayette and Greene counties along with northern West Virginia seeing the best chance for debilitating rain.

As a result of the rain, the Ohio River is expected to reach its 18-foot “action stage” by 8 a.m. Wednesday. At 18 feet, the Mon Wharf starts to take on water.

The river is expected to crest at 19.3 feet by Wednesday night, which will also impact the North Shore Riverwalk.

According to the Public Parking Authority, the Mon Wharf will remain closed until further notice.

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