PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Two homes in Pine Township were struck by lightning as storms rolled through the area Thursday night.
The storms prompted several Severe Thunderstorm Warnings across the area for much of the evening. Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties were all under warnings.
All of those warnings have since expired.
Weakening line of showers/tstorms headed toward westmoreland/Fayette counties around/after 10pm pic.twitter.com/blAnUryiiu
— Jeff Verszyla (@Verz) April 28, 2017
There were reports of hail, gusty winds, loud thunder and several reports of lightning strikes.
One of those lightning strikes hit the roof of a duplex on Park Plaza.
The strike didn’t cause any visible damage to the home, but it did zap the family’s electrical system. It came at a very inconvenient time.
“We were watching the hockey game… of course. And between the first goal and the second goal, we heard this loud crack and the alarm started to sound,” said resident Bill Hetrick.
KDKA’s Amy Wadas Reports:
“The lightning strike, a neighbor reported it hit up on the peak of the roof. We got here, there’s no smoke or fire damage in the house, just all damage to the electrical systems in the home,” Wexford Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Tim Flaherty.
Not far away, a second home, on Pearce Mill Road, was also struck by lightning. There was no fire, damage or injuries, but that electrical system was affected, too.
There were no injuries.