Storms continue to pound Western Pa., knocking down trees, flooding roads
Severe thunderstorms rolled through the region Thursday night, putting parts of Allegheny, Beaver, Washington and Westmoreland counties under a flash flood warning until early Friday.
Allegheny emergency dispatchers confirmed at least two people were rescued after their vehicles became trapped in flood waters on Streets Run and Brentwood roads in Baldwin just before 10:30 p.m. Thursday. Both were taken away in ambulances. Their conditions were not released.
Overnight, a tree came down in McCandless, cutting off access to the Talleybrooke neighborhood. Crews were began removing the tree from the road Friday morning.
Another fallen tree ruptured a gas line along Old Perry Highway in McCandless.
A landslide and downed power lines Friday morning closed Allegheny River Boulevard in Pittsburgh between Nadine Road and Washington Boulevard for several hours. The road reopened around 10 a.m.
Meintart Road in Franklin Park was closed late Thursday due to a fallen tree that brought down live wires.
According to Allegheny County’s Twitter account, there were multiple reports of lightning striking trees and structures Thursday night, including a building in Leetsdale Borough that required the response of firefighters.
Flash flooding was reported along Route 8 in Shaler, Route 51 in Pleasant Hills, Route 65 in Sewickley and in New Stanton.
The National Weather Service received reports of trees and wires down and wind damage in Sewickley, Wexford, McCandless, Mt. Lebanon, North Braddock and Franklin Park as well as parts of Westmoreland and Fayette counties.
Lightning struck a chimney at a home along Overbrook Terrace in Plum, but there were no reports of fire or injuries.
About a dozen West Penn Power customers across Western Pennsylvania were still without service at 7:30 a.m. Friday, according to the utility web site.
Another 50 Duquesne Light customers were still without power at 7 a.m., according to that utility’s web site.