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Rain, hail pummel Mon Valley

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 4:36 a.m.
 

The Mon Valley was pummelled by rain, hail and lightning on Tuesday evening.

The National Weather Service reported that 1.01 inches of rain fell between 7:53 and 8:53 p.m. at Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin. Winds gusts reached 22 mph.

Another 0.21 inches fell in the next two hours, amid light breezes.

In White Oak, a driver was rescued from a vehicle that veered into Jacks Run. Allegheny County's Swiftwater Response Team was dispatched, but the driver was rescued before assistance was needed.

At least one driver was held captive by flood waters in West Mifflin when a vehicle became disabled at Lebanon Church Road and Route 885. Emergency personnel guided the vehicle to safety in the Century III Chevrolet lot.

Part of Route 837 was shut down near Boswell Oil in Dravosburg.

Flooding was reported along McKee Road in North Versailles Township, and on Route 148 in McKeesport near the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge.

The 1300 block of Washington Boulevard in Port Vue was flooded near the ambulance base, and a driver reported seeing lightning strike a home in the area of Romine Avenue and Washington Boulevard. Firefighters and other emergency personnel responded, but found no evidence of a strike.

A handful of power outages were reported by West Penn Power customers in the Norwin area. Larger numbers were without power to the east, including 207 in Hempfield Township.

Duquesne Light officials could not be reached by presstime.

Munhall police said the borough building lost power for about 20 minutes. Backup generators were used.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

Staff writer Patrick Cloonan contributed to this report.

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