PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Heavy rains and flash flooding made for a dangerous and challenging Thursday morning commute across the area, and the rain is continuing to fall.

The morning storms came fast and furious with downpours, lightning, thunder and flooding.

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The National Weather Service has extended the Flash Flood Warning for Allegheny and Beaver counties through 1:30 p.m., and Westmoreland County through noon as downpours lead to pockets of flooding.

The Allegheny County and Pittsburgh Public Safety Department are updating the road closures and flooding reports on their Twitter pages.

Flooding was first reported on the outbound side of the Parkway North near Mt. Nebo Road at the start of the morning rush hour. Drivers were being warned to use caution in the area.

A crash was also reported there. The car ended up in the median, and emergency vehicles rushed to the scene near the Mt. Nebo Road overpass.

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An area known to flood is Millvale. Swift water rescue teams brought in boats to Seavey Road at Evergreen Road in case anyone needed to be rescued, but they were not needed.

On Washington Boulevard, flooding was reported at Allegheny River Boulevard with water coming off of Highland Drive. Allegheny County officials say two vehicles became stuck due to the high waters. The city has lowered the flood gates on the flood-prone Washington Boulevard.

Over on in Leetsdale, Ohio River Boulevard was shut down in both directions due to flooding between Village Drive and Ferry Street. The roadway has since reopened.

Flooding and a landslide are also reported along Noblestown Road at Weaver Street.

Another landslide was reported near the intersection of Ferguson Road and Ohio Drive in Hampton Township.

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Other reports of flooding included Idlewood Road at Bell Avenue in Pittsburgh, Maplewood at Butler Streets in Etna, and the 900 block of Washington Avenue in Carnegie.

In Shaler Township, Allegheny County says the 200 block of Soose Road was flooding due to a creek that’s overflowing its banks. A creek is also overflowing in O’Hara Township along Kittanning Pike.

Nadine Road in Penn Hills is also closed due to an overflowing creek. The road is closed between Allegheny River Boulevard and Lincoln Road. Flooding is also reported there on Rodi Road between Hoover Road and Purity Road.

In Aspinwall, Freeport Road is closed between Brilliant Avenue and Delafield Avenue due to flooding. One unoccupied vehicle reportedly became stuck in the flood waters. The flooding is also restricting access to UPMC St. Margaret Hospital. UPMC officials tell KDKA’s Amy Wadas that ambulances can get into the hospital by the Delafield entrance, but can’t by the Freeport entrance.

UPMC released this statement:

“Due to flooding, police have closed Freeport Road and Brilliant Ave., limiting access to UPMC St. Margaret. The hospital remains fully staffed and operational. The emergency department remains open. Emergency Medical Services have ambulance access to the hospital via Delafield Ave. Patients with scheduled outpatient procedures are being notified as some services may be delayed or rescheduled.”

There are reports of flooding along Route 28 at the 31st Street Bridge and the 40th Street Bridge.

Meanwhile, in Plum, flooding was reported at Unity Center Road at Universal Road, as well as on Hulton Road.

Allegheny County has also announced the closure of the Boyce, North, Settlers Cabin, and South parks pools for today due to the rain. They will reopen at 11:30 am on Friday, July 12, weather and conditions permitting.

Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.

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