Power Restored To Pitt After Oakland Outage

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The thunderstorms that moved through the Pittsburgh area Friday morning caused power issues across Pittsburgh’s Oakland section.

Officials say the rain flooded a substation under Bigelow Boulevard.

KDKA’s Marty Griffin reports that crews had to cut power to keep a transformer from blowing up.

They pumped water out of the substation to restore power to customers bit by bit.

Late Friday, the University of Pittsburgh announced that they have power. Classes will resume Saturday, as scheduled.

UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Montefiore Hospitals operated under emergency power, according to a UPMC spokesperson.

The spokesperson says that “there are no unmet needs occurring at UPMC Presbyterian” and there is no disruption to the operating schedule. Officials say Magee-Womens Hospital does have power.

Stay with KDKA for the latest details.

Storms Knock Out Power, Cause Damage


One Comment

  1. Courtney says:

    Kids couldn’t walk across the stree because the lights were out? We”re doomed

  2. joe says:

    i heard that a dusquene employee left a door open at the substation at bigelow and when that rain came at 10am, it flooded the station….

    kind of funny….the best part is I got to leave work early!

  3. Hugh Givsa says:

    Where did all the Verizon strikers go when the rain came?

  4. Al says:

    the transformer wouldn’t blow up, it would short out and smolder

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