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Microburst tears through Lawrenceville, Millvale

Jacob Tierney
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The microburst that hit Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 also caused this damage along the 100 block of Grant Avenue in Millvale. No one was injured.
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An empty building on Butler Street in Lawrenceville was heavily damaged by a storm Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019.

A microburst in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood heavily damaged two buildings, uprooted trees and left hundreds without power Saturday night, according to Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Safety.

The National Weather Service said the winds caused some damage in Millvale, too.

No one was hurt in the storm.

In Lawrenceville, the top of one building on 48th Street had nearly fallen off and was leaning into Butler Street, and another building at Butler and Plummer lost most of its roof in the intense storm.

Neither building was occupied at the time.

The wind left debris scattered across Butler Street. The police department closed part of the street while the buildings were inspected and the Department of Public Works cleared debris.

Butler Street has since reopened.

Most customers had power restored by Sunday morning, according to Duquesne Light Co.

Took a video of the microburst today in Lawrenceville. All of our metal porch furniture was thrown over 50 feet and a fence was destroyed. Craziest storm I’ve ever seen. from r/pittsburgh

The National Weather Service confirmed that a microburst — a powerful downdraft — touched down in the area.

Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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