PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – After a weekend of sunshine and warm temperatures, some severe weather moved into the area tonight, bringing rains and high winds, and causing some damage around the area.
The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for much of the area from Monday evening through the early morning hours of Tuesday.
The counties under the watch included: Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Crawford, Greene, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango and Washington. Several counties in Ohio and West Virginia are also under the watch. Click here for the latest alerts.
KDKA Chief Meteorologist Jeff Verszyla says the storms could be moving through till midnight.
“Likely moving across most of the area between 8 and 10 o’clock this evening,” Verszyla. “Of course, the later times would be for those areas a little further east.”
The storms brought downpours, wind gusts and some lightning. Some damage was reported as well.
Duquesne Light reported about 5,000 customers in the dark in parts of Allegheny and Beaver County. They don’t have a timetable yet as to when power will be restored.
They are asking people to be careful of downed wires.
In Lawrenceville, emergency officials say a transformer fire blocked the roadway on Butler Street at 53rd Street. And in Sewickley, a large tree came down blocking the road on Beaver Street at Academy Avenue.
Allegheny County officials were also reporting some damage:
Stay with KDKA for the latest on the weather conditions.