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High winds leave about 3,000 Western Pa. residents without power

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By Bob Bauder

Published: Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, 9:06 a.m.

About 3,000 residents of Allegheny, Washington and Greene counties were without power Sunday because of high winds that toppled trees in numerous municipalities.

Crews closed PJ McArdle Roadway leading up to Mt. Washington about 2 p.m. so they could clean up a landslide that did not reach the road, said Pittsburgh Public Works Director Rob Kaczorowski. The road reopened in the evening.

West Penn Power spokesman Tom Kearney said crews were working to restore electricity to about 2,900 customers, including about 1,250 in Allegheny County. He attributed problems to downed lines caused by rain sodden ground and 50- to 60-mph winds that moved through the area Saturday night.

Duquesne Light spokesman Brian Knavish said fewer than 100 customer were without electricity, down from 1,700.

In O'Hara, a fallen tree limb and other debris blocked a lane of Freeport Road for about 90 minutes. O'Hara police Sgt. Scott Slagle said an officer cleared the limb about 8:45 a.m. when he was dispatched to a rock slide at the same location. The slide left small rocks from an adjacent hillside scattered across four lanes of traffic.

Police believe the hillside is now stable, according to Slagle.

Staff writer Braden Ashe contributed to this report.




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