PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Communities are beginning the cleanup process after two waves of storms caused damage across the area on Thursday, but there is a chance for another round of wet weather today.
Meteorologist Kristin Emery says it will be a mostly cloudy day with a high of 83 and the chance for showers or thunderstorms through the afternoon and into the evening.
“This strong cold front is what rumbled through here last night, interacted with that very warm, sticky moist air and it touched off all of that shower and thunderstorm activity. Now you see all of that drying up and the front sag to the south,” says Emery. “It’s sort of just going to hang out there around the West Virginia-Virginia border, and as it lingers, still keeping things stirred up enough today that we could see an isolated thunderstorm develop especially later this afternoon when we get the heating of the day in here.”
Some of those storms could bring with them hail and high winds.
“Later on this afternoon, as that frontal boundary stays in place, we get some afternoon heating – still temperatures only in the lower- to mid-80s – we still get a chance of a thunderstorm today and that threat lingers through [Saturday],” Emery added.
Meanwhile, there was damage across the area, but two areas in particular saw some major damage.
In Butler County, high winds lifted part of the metal roof off of the Middlesex Township Volunteer Fire Hall. There was extensive water damage to the social hall, kitchen and some computers.
The initial damage estimate is $300,000.
In Moon Township, a more than 100-year-old tree was uprooted on Coraopolis Heights Road by the powerful storms and crushed a historic wood shed built in 1908. It housed an antique tractor.
No injuries were reported there.