PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Strong storms brought powerful winds, heavy rain and lightning to the area Wednesday night, causing problems all across the region.

The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for much of the area through 2 a.m. Thursday.

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The counties include: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

A line of storms from out west moved into the area late and caused damage around the region.

A Flash Flood Watch is also in effect through Thursday morning for Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Forest, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango and Westmoreland counties.

Showers and thunderstorms also moved through Wednesday morning.

Several viewers reported lightning and thunder across the area, some even catching it on video.

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“Couple of showers moved through this morning, then we caught a break, then that line of heavy storms hit and put down the rainfall totals that you saw,” said KDKA’s Jon Burnett. “And there is more to come as you look upstream, we’re not done yet. More showers, more storms overnight.”

Burnett says we’ll be in a pattern of unsettled weather for the rest of the week.

“The cold front that came through and triggered the initial squall line, the big one that hit mid-evening [Wednesday], that’s moved on south and will continue to move down into the Mason-Dixon Line area, right around Baltimore, DC [on Thursday], and then stall out and just sit there,” he said. “It’s going to help to keep impulses of energy moving along and coming through the Ohio Valley and stirring the pot. Showers and occasional storms will be the rule right into the weekend.”

Some sun is in the forecast for Thursday with thunderstorms and a high of 82.

Stay with KDKA for the latest on the weather conditions.

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