PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Winter has finally loosened its grip on western Pennsylvania, but with warmer weather comes the threat of thunderstorms.

Severe weather moved across the area late Wednesday afternoon and into this evening. Hail fell in many parts of the area, including Monroeville.

Also, there were lots of reports of lightning in the area, including in Ross Township, where lightning hit the Red Lobster restaurant on McKnight Road forcing employees and diners out.

There are reports of flooding, too, including on part of Old Route 8 in Hampton Township, which was said to be under a foot of water late Wednesday night.

Thousands of people across Southwestern Pennsylvania are also in the dark.

According to KDKA-TV Chief Meteorologist Jeff Verszyla, we’ll see another round of showers and “perhaps a few thunderstorms” late Thursday into Thursday night.

“Wake up [Thursday] morning, mostly cloudy skies, 59 degrees. Lunchtime 68 and late day high temperatures into the 70s,” said Verszyla.

Some thunderstorms can contain gusty winds, hail and heavy downpours.

Keep an eye on the sky and have a plan for getting to a safe place if severe weather threatens.

Thursday’s high will be 76 degrees, which will fall back to 54 degrees for Friday morning.

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