Winter has come to Pittsburgh. Cold temperatures, gusty winds and even some snow – it has all arrived just as the holiday weekend gets underway.
Authorities are blaming bursts of fierce winds for bringing down power lines and causing at least three transformers to explode in the area on Monday evening.
The National Weather Service will inspect damage today in Eighty Four, Washington County, after strong storms blew through the area on Thursday afternoon.
A day of hot temperatures was capped off by severe storms.
With some snow in the forecast, crews were out pre-treating the roads Sunday evening with salt and gravel. But for some residents, the damage was already done when this afternoon’s high winds knocked down power lines. Many were left without electricity as temperatures plummeted.
High winds and saturated soil are being blamed for several trees falling down and causing damage to property around the area Monday night.
Another round of severe weather is set to move through the area late this afternoon and into this evening.
A family became trapped inside their home in the Pittsburgh’s Marhall-Shadeland neighborhood Sunday afternoon after high winds sent a tree crashing into some power lines.
The gusty winds have kept power crews working all weekend to restore service.
Strong gusting winds damaged property and left lots of downed trees across Westmoreland County Saturday. This latest storm comes after the county was hit by a tornado just last month.
Part of the roof at Hempfield High School was reportedly torn off. Firefighters are on the roof trying to scope out the extent of the damage and if there’s danger of collapse.