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Thu. 10:18am: 40K still without power in western Pennsylvania (photo)

July 11, 2013
Tribune Chronicle |

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Some 40,000 customers remained without power in western Pennsylvania after storms that dumped heavy rains, downed trees and spawned at least one possible tornado.

National Weather Service investigators were expected to visit Lawrence County today as they try to confirm whether a tornado touched down where a barn and other farm buildings were destroyed in New Beaver.

"So far, dang near all the buildings are gone," the farm's owner, Ryan Werner, told WTAE-TV. A dairy barn and three machine sheds were destroyed, but Werner said his home was spared on the farm about 45 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

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Two people survey the ramp from Banksville Road onto the Parkway West I-376, Wednesday morning where a minivan was stranded during heavy rains in Pittsburgh.

Matt Jackson told the station he witnessed the damage.

"I looked out and I could see debris from the barn itself and you could hear all the wood being splintered, and I see it all being sucked up into the sky," Jackson told the station.

No fatalities or serious injuries have been reported from the storms, which hit late Wednesday afternoon and evening, soaking already saturated areas, many of which flooded earlier in the day.

Most of those without power are in Pittsburgh or surrounding Allegheny County, or in neighboring Washington County, which stretches southwest to the Ohio border. Duquesne Light was reporting about 27,000 customers still without power early today, while West Penn Power was reporting more than 10,000.



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