PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Severe storms are pushing through the Pittsburgh area, and everything — including large hail, damaging wind and tornadoes — is on the table.
A Tornado Warning was issued for parts of Greene and Washington counties, and another was issued for parts of Washington County as well as parts of Ohio and West Virginia.
The NWS says it’s getting reports of injuries in the tornado in Jefferson County, Ohio.
We are getting injures on Jefferson County Tornado!!! TAKE COVER NOW!
— NWS Pittsburgh (@NWSPittsburgh) July 29, 2021
In Wintersville, Jefferson County, Michelle Moodie captured transformers blowing as a possible tornado blew through.
WATCH: Possible Tornado Caught On Video
Tornado Warnings were issued for parts of Westmoreland, Fayette and Somerset counties Thursday afternoon. Those warnings were connected to the same storm and have since expired.
That storm caused some serious damage in Saltlick Township, Fayette County. It happened in the area of Kesslar Road and Kesslar Road Extension.
One neighbor’s shed blew across the yard and is now on top of the others. Homeowner Don Wendell had just put it in a week ago. He said it was around 1:30 when the storm hit.
— Chris Hoffman (@NewsmanChris) July 29, 2021
“We’re all fortunate, I think. That’s all I can tell you. All this stuff can be replaced and cleaned up. Nobody got hurt so we’re very fortunate,” Wensel told KDKA.
Down over the hill from Wensel’s house, another shed was destroyed by winds. It was ripped from its foundation. Jerry Ritenour said it belonged to his parents’ rental property.
He was out with his son when he got a call to come back after the storm ripped through. He saw trees snapped like toothpicks and damage to several neighboring sheds.
“As soon as I saw that, I thought, ‘oh my God.’ My mom was crying, but she said they were ok. That was my biggest relief,” Ritenout said.
Neighbors say the storm seemed to come out of nowhere and it happened so quickly.
It’s extremely fortunate there are no reports of injuries. The National Weather Service is expected to survey the area on Friday.
The storms were caused by a cold front. Once that front makes it way through the Pittsburgh area, we’ll be left with cooler air and calmer weather.
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