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Intense storms bring down trees, damage cars

Michael DiVittorio | Tribune-Review
Trees and utility lines in the Vandergrift area were downed by the severe thunderstorm.
Michael DiVittorio | Tribune-Review
Numerous trees were knocked down in the Vandergrift area when a severe rainstorm blew through Thursday evening.
Michael DiVittorio | Tribune-Review
Several roads were blocked off in the Vandergrift area Thursday evening after numerous trees fell when a severe rainstorm blew through.
Michael DiVittorio | Tribune-Review
Numerous trees and branches were knocked down in the Vandergrift area when a severe rainstorm blew through Thursday evening. First responders quickly cut up smaller debris and pushed it to the side of the road to allow traffic through.

Severe thunderstorms rolled through the Vandergrift area Thursday evening, knocking down trees and power lines and causing localized flooding.

Vandergrift police said weather-related calls flooded the department between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Police said firefighters and public works crews were out most of the evening removing fallen trees and large branches.

No injuries were reported.

A tree came down on two vehicles in the fire department parking lot along Franklin Avenue.

A car parked in the 500 block of Hancock Avenue was also struck by a tree.

All the vehicles were unoccupied.

Trees also fell along McKinley Avenue, Bryant, Poplar and Beech streets and between Jackson and Hancock avenues.

Two manhole covers also popped up along Jackson Avenue due to flooding.

Part of East Vandergrift Lane was closed due to down power lines. A section of Community Park Road in Allegheny Township was closed due to a tree falling on power lines. A basement flooded along Emerson Street.

Debris was seen on multiple streets, among them South Pennsylvania and Delaware avenues.

Crews from Emery Tree Service assisted in the cleanup.

Trees also were reported down across the Vandergrift Norfolk Southern railroad tracks, stopping railroad traffic.

West Penn Power reported several outages in the area.

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