Flash Flooding, Other Damage Reported After Storms
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Severe weather Tuesday afternoon and evening left behind some scattered damage and flooding around the area.
Along Beechwood Boulevard, an ambulance with a patient on board became trapped when the roadway flooded during the downpour. The ambulance is no longer stuck, but there’s been no word on the patient’s condition.
Schiree Turner and her sons were also stuck under at the underpass. She said her car stalled out and started floating.
Turner says there appeared to be more than 2 feet of water.
There were also reports from Allegheny County’s Twitter page of some flooding on Mayview Road in South Fayette Township and on the ramp to the Duquesne-McKeeport Bridge.
Meanwhile, a lightning strike may be to blame for a two-alarm house fire in Swissvale.
Emergency officials say it happened at the intersection of Columbia Avenue and Riverview Street. No injuries have been reported.
Back in the City of Pittsburgh, a lightning strike brought down bricks from a building. Crews had to close down the Boulevard of the Allies between Jumonville and Van Braam streets for cleanup.
A large tree also came down on some power lines outside of a house on Bergman Street in Sheraden.
Michelle Antonio was in the kitchen of her home in Monessen, Westmoreland County, when her home was struck by lightning.
“I just heard this noise and a bright light just hit,” she said. “It was just like flash of light — and the water damage is just from the firemen putting out the flames.”
She said she heard a noise, saw a bright light and smelled smoke. However, it wasn’t until a neighbor pointed it out that she knew her house was on fire.
Antonio said she was holding on to a metal sink in the kitchen and the bolt of lightning shook the floor, adding that she felt a tingling sensation go through her body.
Some people were still without power late Tuesday night.
Duquesne Light officials said about 5,000 customers were without power. Officials said the majority of customers should have power by 8 a.m. Wednesday.
Stay with KDKA for the latest on storm damage.