A line of severe thunderstorms moved through the district this morning, knocking down trees and power lines and causing minor flooding.
A lightning strike also was suspected as the cause of a fatal house fire in Beaver County.
The storms dumped 1 to 2 inches of rain over much of the area. Power remained out as of 2:15 p.m. to about 200 Duquesne Light customers, down from 1,150, and a handful of West Penn Power customers.
National Weather Service meteorologist Lee Hendricks said a top wind gust of 45 mph was recorded at 4:11 a.m. at Pittsburgh International Airport. Top rainfall amounts were 4.1 inches in Harrison County, Ohio, and 2.45 inches at Pike Island in the northern panhandle of West Virginia.
Locally, 1.54 inches of rain fell in Shaler; 1.57 inches at Butler County Airport; 1.8 inches at Montgomery Lock and Dam in Beaver County; 1.34 inches in North Fayette; and 1.29 inches in Emsworth.
A Beaver County man died and two others were injured in a fire at their home in New Brighton shortly after 4 a.m.
Beaver County coroner Terri Tatalovich-Rossi identified the man as Shawn Molter, 35. Police said they believe he succumbed to smoke inhalation while trying to get the family dog and escape the Eighth Avenue home.
His fiancee and their 4-year-old child, whose names were not being released, suffered moderate injuries and were treated for smoke inhalation at UPMC Mercy Hospital, borough public safety officials said. The woman also was burned on her right arm.
The Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal was investigating and hadn't made an official determination this afternoon.
But Trooper Luke Nelson of the Butler barracks, who was collecting data from the weather service, said it appears the fire might have been caused by a lightning strike.
While no one saw it strike the home, the trooper said, several witnesses reported seeing lightning in the area and hearing a loud boom.
Reports were received of downed trees and flooding along Route 51 in the South Hills.
The storms had mostly moved out of the district as of 6:45 a.m. but Mr. Hendricks said a possibility of additional showers and storms lingered. A flood warning was posted for Allegheny County through 8:15 a.m. and a flood watch remains in effect until 6 p.m. A flood warning also remains in effect for Washington and Westmoreland counties.
A 911 call was received at 1:40 a.m. reporting that a house along South Kings Creek Road in Hanover, Washington County, had been struck by lightning, a county dispatcher supervisor said.
The home's occupants were able to get out, but a firefighter at the scene fell six feet from atop a firetruck while trying to pull a hose, Hanover fire Chief Mike Morra said. He was taken to a hospital in Weirton, W.Va., and released this morning.
The fire appears to have been caused by a power surge from lightning, the chief said.
Reports of downed trees and wires were received, but "nothing drastic," the supervisor added.