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Thousands without power as high winds whip Pittsburgh region

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Friday, March 2, 2018, 4:30 a.m.
Utility poles lean over a hillside along Route 66 in Washington Township on Friday, March 2, 2018, after high winds swept through the region.
Matt Provenzo | Tribune-Review
Utility poles lean over a hillside along Route 66 in Washington Township on Friday, March 2, 2018, after high winds swept through the region.

High winds over saturated ground were causing power outages across the Pittsburgh region Friday morning.

As of 8 a.m., First Energy was reporting about 3,500 customers without power in Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler and Westmoreland counties.

Most of the outages, about 2,000, were in Butler County.

Duquense Light was reporting about 1,000 customers out in its service area. Most were in Beaver County — about 450 in Center Township, and 265 in New Sewickley.

A high wind warning is in effect until 10 a.m. Friday. Winds of 20-to-30 mph with gusts to 60 mph are expected.

Gusts reached as high as 75 mph in the mountains, according to the National Weather Service.

The strong winds may blow down limbs, trees and power lines, the weather service said.

Down trees were affecting roads in many locations, including the Pennsylvania Turnpike, where a tree was down near the Monroeville/Pittsburgh interchange.

While snow was light in the immediate Pittsburgh area, the weather service had reports of 2-3 inches in Mercer, Clarion and Jefferson counties, and in the high country of Preston, Tucker and Garrett counties in Maryland.

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Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4701, or on Twitter @BCRittmeyer.

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