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Harvey’s horrible fallout to miss Pittsburgh region

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Evacuees are helped down Tidwell Road as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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A man helps a woman in floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston, Texas. The remnants of Hurricane Harvey sent devastating floods pouring into Houston Sunday as rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The remains of Tropical Storm Harvey should fizzle out far away from Southwestern Pennsylvania, causing zero effects here, forecasters say.

Current forecast models have Harvey, currently dumping record-setting and highly destructive levels of rain on Texas, either staying over the Midwest or turning eastward over the southern states, said Bob Coblentz, a forecaster with the National Weather Service office in Moon.

“There are a couple of different scenarios, but all of it’s staying away from us,” he said. Even if the storm heads back over the Gulf of Mexico and regains strength, it would run out of energy and moisture before it ever made it this far north.

“It’ll be pretty diffused… It’s dumping pretty much everything is has on Texas and Louisiana,” Coblentz said.

Harvey made landfall in Texas late Friday as a Category 4 hurricane and has lingered and dropped heavy rain as it was downgraded to a tropical storm. Houston and its suburbs could get as much as 50 inches of rain before Harvey is gone. Parts of Galveston, Montgomery and Harris counties had gotten nearly 11 inches of rain just in the last 12 hours, according to the weather service’s Houston office.

The Army Corps of Engineers released water from two reservoirs to reduce pressure on dams and protect the city’s central business district — at the expense of possibly flooding thousands more homes. Authorities have rescued at least 2,000 people trapped by the floods.

Pittsburgh is also expected to dodge a second storm , predicted to develop into a tropical depression off the coast of Georgia Monday night. It will mainly affect the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic coast before heading back out into the ocean.

The Associated Press contributed. Matthew Santoni is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724 836 6660, [email protected] or on Twitter @msantoni.

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