Winds diminish near Pittsburgh, only moderate damage reported

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Late night winds brought down trees, power lines and scattered debris, but for the most part, southwestern Pennsylvania escaped without major damage.

A powerful cold front that had brought severe storms and tornadoes to the Midwest appeared to have weakened when it swept through the region before midnight.

At Pittsburgh International Airport and at DuBois Airport in Jefferson County, the National Weather Service reported winds reaching 55 mph late last night. Allegheny County Airport had winds of 44 mph and Scott Township had winds that reached 42 mph.

About 1,500 Duquesne Light customers were without power as of 5:30 a.m. By about 8 a.m., approximately 900 customers remained without service. Duquesne Light expects all customers to be restored by 6 p.m.

The Associated Press reported West Penn Power was reporting scattered outages in most Western Pennsylvania counties, though only McKean County near the New York border, was reporting more than 1,000 customers without electricity.

For the rest of today, the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh is calling for mostly sunny skies and highs of about 50. Winds from the west will blow from 15-25 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Wind advisories have expired for counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, including Allegheny, but the advisories will remain in effect until 10 p.m. from Lawrence County north and east into the higher elevations.

Visit the National Weather Service website for the latest in watches or advisories.

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