Superstorm Sandy’s effects continue to be felt throughout western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland.
Garrett County in Maryland has been blasted with snow since Superstorm Sandy began to lash the northeast area of the country.
At the height of the storm, the Allegheny County Emergency Operations Center took about 400 calls about downed wires, flooded basements and water on roadways.
More than three million people were without power as of Monday evening, and most of them are in and around New York City.
Local utility crews have mobilized their workers in preparation for widespread power outages anticipated from Superstorm Sandy.
Counties to the east, like Fayette and Westmoreland, are the first to feel the impact of Superstorm Sandy. At the Laurel Summit on Monday afternoon, a heavy, slushy rain pounded the pavement.
In light of the bad weather expected with Hurricane Sandy, local communities are opening up emergency shelters to help people ride out the storm.
There’s a big mess to clean up for lots of people today after Thursday’s powerful storms left their mark across the area. The storms left a messy trail marking their presence, from downed trees to landslides to tens of thousands of people without power.
Some people in western Pennsylvania remain without power after strong storms pummeled the region Thursday.
Following a line of afternoon thunderstorms, several thousand homes are without power in the Pittsburgh area.
Several people were without power Thursday morning in Penn Hills after a car slammed into a utility pole overnight and then caught fire.
Strong winds have caused power outages across the area. Allegheny Power has approximately 8,500 customers without power.
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.
Strong thunderstorms rolled through the area this morning. Some locations saw heavy rains, lightning and for others, dime-sized hail.
The thunderstorms and the hot weather have caused some power outages in the Pittsburgh area. According to Duquesne Light, 7,000 customers are without power, mostly in the northern and eastern parts of Allegheny County.