Storm Moves Through Southwestern PA Area; Leaving damage, power outages

A strong storm system moved through the southwestern region of Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon. Viewer video showed a tree over Castle Shannon Boulevard near Route 88 in Castle Shannon. Another viewer shared video of hail, heavy rain and lightning as they sat in their car in Ross Township. Photos taken in Verona also showed a tree falling onto wires. Penn Power reported that thousands of customers were without power. In Pittsburgh’s Brighton Heights neighborhood, a house was struck by lightning while a car was crushed by a large branch. “The storm started and the wind picked up for about three minutes before it stopped and that was all it took,” said Brent Pritchett, who lives in Brighton Heights. “Within maybe a minute, the tree was down.” The owner of the damaged car told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that he went outside to roll up his car windows when the rain started when he heard a crack from a large tree on the sidewalk heard. He said he got into the car and ducked down hoping the vehicle’s roof would keep him unharmed. “It’s just good that he saw it coming, if he hadn’t it probably would have been a lot worse,” Pritchett said. The vehicle’s owner said he was physically fine. Across Brighton Heights, firefighters confirmed a home along Gerber Avenue was struck by lightning, causing a small fire. First responders said no one was hurt and there was minimal damage to the home. Meanwhile, a family in McMurray, Washington County had uprooted a tree and landed against their home on Alexander Drive. “[It sounded]like something hit the roof, like a plane or something fell out of the sky and hit the roof,” said homeowner Marlene Tobin. “I was very surprised none of the windows were broken because we have tree branches against them.” As of 5:30 p.m. Saturday, more than 13,000 people in Allegheny County were reportedly without power. Over 15,000 customers were without power in Washington County and more than 6,000 customers were without power in Westmoreland County.

A strong storm system moved through the southwestern region of Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon.

Viewer video showed a tree over Castle Shannon Boulevard near Route 88 in Castle Shannon. Another viewer shared video of hail, heavy rain and lightning as they sat in their car in Ross Township.

Photos taken in Verona also showed a tree falling onto wires.

Penn Power reported that thousands of customers were without power.

In the Brighton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh, a house was struck by lightning while a car was crushed by a large branch.

“The storm started and the wind picked up for about three minutes before it stopped and that was all it took,” said Brent Pritchett, who lives in Brighton Heights. “Within maybe a minute the tree was down.”

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The owner of the damaged car told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that he went outside to roll up his car windows as the rain started when he heard a cracking sound from a large tree on the sidewalk. He said he got into the car and ducked down hoping the vehicle’s roof would keep him unharmed.

“It’s just good that he saw it coming, if he hadn’t it probably would have been a lot worse,” Pritchett said.

The vehicle’s owner said he was physically fine.

Across Brighton Heights, firefighters confirmed a home along Gerber Avenue was struck by lightning, causing a small fire. According to first responders, no one was injured and there was minimal damage to the home.

Meanwhile, a family in McMurray, Washington County had uprooted a tree and landed against their home on Alexander Drive.

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“[It sounded]like something hit the roof, like a plane or something fell out of the sky and hit the roof,” said homeowner Marlene Tobin. “I was very surprised that none of the windows were broken because we have tree branches against them.”

As of 5:30 p.m. Saturday, more than 13,000 people in Allegheny County were reportedly without power. Over 15,000 customers were without power in Washington County and more than 6,000 customers were without power in Westmoreland County.

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