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As Pittsburgh continues to wait and see how bad the expected weekend storm will be, Gov. Tom Wolf has declared a state of emergency for Pennsylvania.

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The weather outside may not be frightful, but it likely will be at some point in the coming months. The winter has been off to a very slow start in Pennsylvania, but state officials are still reminding residents to be prepared in case of extreme weather.

Officials with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency are urging people be sure they have basic necessities on hand.

“Things that many people don’t think about," Director Richard Finn said.

Beyond food, water and warm clothing, Finn suggested phone and computer chargers compatible with car cigarette lighters.

County, state and federal teams will finish conducting damage assessments Friday afternoon after flash floods and severe weather plagued the Pittsburgh region.

Alvin Henderson, chief of Allegheny County Emergency Services, said he and his teams are trying to restore a sense of normalcy.

“We’re working as quickly as we can to try to collect this data so we can find out what forms of assistance we’re hopefully going to be able to receive,” he said.

Assessment teams first visited areas hardest hit by the flooding.

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By mid morning Wednesday, the snow had moved out of the Pittsburgh region and most of the city’s streets were treated.  Pittsburgh Public Works crews used 62 trucks overnight and into the morning to clear the blanket of heavy wet snow.   

Public Works Director Rob Kaczorowski reminded city residents to be careful when they start to clean their cars, sidewalks and drive ways and asks that home owners not just to drop the snow anywhere.