Worst of storm misses Pittsburgh region

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Allegheny and surrounding counties "got off light" following a tornado watch issued Sunday afternoon. The watch was in effect until 9 p.m.

Bob Coblentz, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh, said the most severe damage occurred in New Martinsville, WVa., where trees fell on and destroyed several mobile homes.

Mercer and Vernango counties received a few inches of rain that caused some secondary roadway flooding. Clarion and Mercer counties had a few downed trees, and small pieces of hail were reported out of Slippery Rock in Butler County. Several power lines were also knocked down in Armstrong County between Kittanning and Worthington.

A watch means that there is the risk of hazardous weather and conditions for a hydrologic event has increased, though its occurrence, location, and/or timing is uncertain. It is intended to provide enough time so that those who need to set their plans in motion can do so.

Pennsylvania counties included in the watch were Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Washington and Westmoreland.

"We kind of lucked out, to be honest with you," Mr. Coblentz said.

First Published July 27, 2014 12:00 AM

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