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Westmoreland

Storms leave thousands of homeowners in the dark

Joe Napsha
| Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 5:03 p.m.
Workers inspect downed trees and power lines along Maple Lane off Brownstown Road in North Huntingdon Township on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.
Joe Napsha | Tribune-Review
Workers inspect downed trees and power lines along Maple Lane off Brownstown Road in North Huntingdon Township on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

The severe weather that swept through Western Pennsylvania late Tuesday afternoon damaged trees and downed power lines, cutting off electricity to more than 17,000 customers in Westmoreland and Allegheny counties, according to reports from First Energy and Duquesne Light.

Residents in North Huntingdon, North Irwin, Herminie, Madison, Derry Township, Bell Township, Penn Township, Hempfield and Jeannette were without power for several hours Tuesday, First Energy said.

As many as 12,000 Duquesne Light customers lost power during the storm, the utility said, mainly in the areas of West Deer and North Versailles. Crews continued to work to restore service to the remaining customers without power.

Fire departments were dispatched to remove trees blocking the road. A spokesman at the Larimer Fire Department said firefighters responded to 17 calls.

In an area along Maple Lane off Brownstown Road in North Huntingdon, three trees were toppled, snapping a utility line to the home of Andy Luchkiw.

“Anytime a storm comes through, we get nervous about these trees coming down,” said Luchkiw, whose home is in a wooded area.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-5252 or jnapsha@tribweb.com.

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