The National Weather Service’s severe thunderstorm warning expired late Monday afternoon for southwestern Pennsylvania, but the storm’s effects continued to be felt into the evening.
As the old saying goes, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb — and predictions for Monday’s storm were lion-esque. The NWS predicted wind speeds of up to 60 miles per hour for Monday’s storm, which could result in downed trees and power lines that may cause outages.
Indeed, as the storm moved out of the region, reports of trees and wires down came flooding in from all of the county — areas including Ross, Plum and parts of Pittsburgh such as near Allegheny Commons Park on the North Side.
Around 5:30 p.m., Duquesne Light reported 92 outages, which affected nearly 9,000 people. Penn Hills and Mt. Lebanon were two of the hardest-hit areas, according to the Duquesne Light outages map. Monroeville, McKeesport and Plum were areas of Allegheny County that were expected to see the worst of the storm, according to the NWS.
Parts of Washington, Westmoreland, Greene, Armstrong and Fayette counties were also included in the thunderstorm warning. There is also a chance for “isolated incidents of damaging wind gusts” throughout the evening, the weather service said.
Source: Reports of power outages, downed trees follow onslaught of wind gusts in Pittsburgh region | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette