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Storm fells trees, knocks out power in parts of A-K Valley

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By Valley News Dispatch
Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 12:36 a.m.
 

Tuesday night's storm left pockets of the Alle-Kiski Valley without power and a number of roads blocked by downed power lines or trees.

The brunt of the storm hit the Valley between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., with later waves of lesser downpours coming about 9:45 p.m., after 11 p.m. and just after midnight.

Bob Coblentz, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Moon, said there are likely varying amounts of rainfall because of the way the storm moved through the region.

He said the rainfall gauge at Lock and Dam No. 4 along the Allegheny River in Natrona had recorded 0.34 inch of rain had fallen as of 11 p.m.

Regarding the wind speed that came through the Alle-Kiski Valley, he said, “With the number of trees you have down up there, I would say you probably had 50 or 60 mph winds.”

Reports of sporadic problems stretched the length of the Valley, from Fox Chapel to Kittanning.

Incidents were reported along Bailies Run Road in East Deer, Craigdell Road in Lower Burrell, the Bonfire Shortcut in Allegheny Township, Vandergrift, Apollo and School Road in Murrysville, just to name a handful.

Three roads in Fox Chapel were shut down after a large tree in each instance took down power lines. None was expected to reopen until Wednesday night:

• Buckingham Road was closed between Westchester and James Ross Place.

• Guyasuta Road was closed between Fieldvue and Longfellow roads.

• Fairview Road was closed between Wilmar Drive and Dorseyville Road.

Westmoreland 911 reported that Route 66 north of Delmont near Italy Road was closed around 8 p.m. because of roadway flooding. It remained closed for about a half-hour.

West Penn Power reported that it had 6,900 customers in the A-K Valley without electricity as of about 9 p.m. That number had dropped to about 4,300 customers as of 11:30 p.m.

Because of the large number of customers impacted throughout the region — about 32,000 as of 11:30 p.m. — West Penn was not providing estimates on when power would be restored.

All but five of West Penn's 304 customers in Oklahoma Borough were without power at 9 p.m. Other local communities with a large number of outages included Apollo, Murrysville, Saxonburg and Vandergrift and Allegheny, Kiski, Jefferson, Manor, Parks, Washington and Winfield townships.

Duquesne Light reported shortly before 11 p.m. that there were about 7,800 customers without service in its entire service area, down from a high of 13,000 earlier Tuesday evening. Figures for just its Alle-Kiski Valley service area were not immediately available.

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