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Storms continue to pound Western Pa., knocking down trees, flooding roads |

Storms continue to pound Western Pa., knocking down trees, flooding roads

Staff And Wire Reports
| Friday, June 19, 2015 7:30 a.m
Mike Palm | Trib Total Media
A tree lies across Courtney Place, the only road leading out of the Talleybrooke subdivision in McCandless, on Friday, June 19, 2015, after storms rolled through the area the night before.
Mike Palm | Trib Total Media
Crews work to remove a giant tree that fell across Courtney Place in McCandless, blocking the Talleybrooke subdivision, on Friday, June 19, 2015.
James Knox | Trib Total Media
PennDOT crews work to remove a rock slide on Allegheny River Boulevard and Nadine Road in Penn Hills Friday June 19, 2015. Allegheny River Boulevard is closed between Nadine Road in Penn Hills and Washington Boulevard in Highland Park due to the slide and a tree bringing power lines down across the road.
James Knox | Trib Total Media
Allegheny RIver Boulevard is closed between Nadine Road in Penn Hills and Washington Boulevard in Highland Park Friday June 19, 2015 due to a rock slide and a tree bringing power lines down across the road.

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.

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