Overnight storms spread debris, cause power outages across southwestern Pennsylvania

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A line of storms moved through southwestern Pennsylvania and nearby areas early this morning, and high winds brought down trees limbs, electrical wires, and covered roads with a carpet of wet and slippery leaves.

The National Weather Service reported a peak gust of 61 mph at 3:38 a.m. at Allegheny County Airport. Pittsburgh International Airport had a peak gust of 45 mph at 3:20 a.m.

In a 2 p.m. update, Duquesne Light said approximately 400 customers were without power in the wake of the storms. The company reminded residents that downed wires are a safety hazard and pose the danger of electrical shock and injury. West Penn Power also reported customers without service in Washington, Greene, Westmoreland and Allegheny counties.

Several schools are closed or delayed because of the storms. For a list, visit the website of KDKA-TV, the PG's news partner.

Motorists should exercise caution during the morning commute because of the potential of debris on the road. Wet leaves covering pavement also can be a hazard, often causing roads to seem as slippery as ice.

The National Weather Service's preliminary storm report indicated there are trees down in Ohioville and Beaver in Beaver County and Washington and Canonsburg in Washington County. Rochester Road in the Cranberry area reportedly is closed by debris.

KDKA-TV is reporting a tree fell on and destroyed three cars along Summit Street in Derry Borough, Westmoreland County. A tree fell on a house on Barnett Street in Plum, and downed trees also were reported on Hamilton Road and Sarah Street in Bethel Park and Scott Road in Mt. Lebanon.

For the latest advisories, watches and warnings, visit the website of the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh. Current conditions are available on the Post-Gazette's weather page.

First Published November 1, 2013 6:45 AM

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