Allegheny County fielding dozens of calls about downed trees blocking roads, downed power lines |

Allegheny County fielding dozens of calls about downed trees blocking roads, downed power lines

Dillon Carr
A tree in Verona falls in the front yard of the Verona Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019.

Allegheny County’s Twitter handle fired off hundreds of tweets Sunday as the agency tried to keep up with the seemingly endless happenings around the county ranging from downed trees blocking roadways to power lines down to buildings collapsing to telephones catching fire.

The National Weather Service reported winds as high as 53 miles per hour near the Pittsburgh International Airport.

The region was under a high wind warning until 7:45 p.m., when the NWS downgraded the conditions to a wind advisory. The advisory will remain in effect until 7 a.m. Monday.

A wind advisory, according to the NWS, means wind speeds greater than 30 mph are expected, with gusts reaching up to 45 mph. The high wind warning meant the region would experience wind gusts of up to 60 mph.

No township was immune to the throes of the region’s high winds.

Allegheny County reported wires and trees down in dozens of locations including Pittsburgh, East and West Deer, Fox Chapel, Indiana, Plum, O’Hara West Deer, Springdale Township, Kennedy, Shaler, Hampton, Harrison, Mt. Lebanon, Baldwin, Reserve, Richland, Jefferson, McCandless and Verona, among others.

Around 9 p.m. there was a report of a downed tree entrapping someone in a vehicle at the intersection of Squaw Run and Dorseyville roads.

Swindburne Street in Pittsburgh closed around 7 p.m. between Greenfield and Parkview avenues due to a landslide. Many others in the city were closed due to downed trees and power lines.

A downed tree in Baldwin ripped a gas line out of the ground around 4 p.m. on the 200 block of Joseph Street.

As of 6:20 p.m., the county reported five fires related to the high winds in Pittsburgh, Ross and Hampton townships.

Boyce Park in Plum closed partially early Sunday but closed fully by 2 p.m.

A building in Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood on Second Avenue was reported to have been collapsing around 2 p.m.

A Pittsburgh nonprofit, 412 Food Rescue, tweeted to its followers that it needs help saving the food at East Liberty’s Trader Joe’s grocery store after it lost power.

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Dillon at 412-871-2325, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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