PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The severe weather has hit Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas hard, and several communities have issued emergency disaster declarations.

In Allegheny County, those areas include Findlay Township, North Fayette Township, Elizabeth Boro, Elizabeth Township, Jefferson Hills, Oakdale, Scott Township, Castle Shannon and West Elizabeth.

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Also, McDonald Borough in Washington County has also declared a disaster emergency.

Meanwhile, local emergency officials are urging local residents to exercise patience, and caution and to just stay indoors while the storm passes.

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“It’s a night to stay home and watch a movie. If everyone could just kind of stay home and be patient and maybe forgo the plans that they had to get through this,” said Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Mike Huss. “We don’t want to see any loss of life, both on a rescuer side and obviously our citizens.”

It’s been a busy day for emergency crews. There have been 1,600 calls to 911, which is twice the normal number.

There have been seven water rescues.

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