HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Not everyone around the Pittsburgh region saw severe weather Friday, but the places that did were left with some major messes to clean up.
In the North Hills, the North Allegheny-Seneca Valley high school football game had to be postponed after the stadium was evacuated due to severe weather on the first night of the season.
Over in Westmoreland County, the National Weather Service confirms a microburst came through the Hempfield Township area.
A huge tree came down on to a house there, and a man was inside at the time. It came crashing down just after 5 p.m.
“All of a sudden, I heard wind and the top of the roof picked up, and I jumped out of bed and down came the tree,” Sam, the man who lives there, said.
He said he saw a funnel cloud. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but Sam’s house has been destroyed.
“It’s just total devastation of the house,” he said.
Several trees came down near the house on Locust Drive. A neighbor says he lost an awning when the storm rolled through.
“It was hard to see anything with the rain coming down so hard,” the man named Wayne said. “You couldn’t see anything.”
It’s not the way these homeowners wanted to start the holiday weekend.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said Lori, another neighbor. “I don’t know how he got out.”
Sam says when the tree came down; it trapped him in his bed. He used his phone to call the local fire department for help, but was able to get out just before they got on scene.