PITTSBURGH - Early Tuesday morning, storms caused damage and knocked out power in many parts of the Channel 11 viewing area.
Heavy rain, gusting winds and lightning were to blame for a utility line fire in Beaver Falls. Firefighters said the blaze happened around 2 a.m., just as the storms were moving through.
When a Channel 11 photographer arrived at the scene on 12th Avenue, flames could still be seen at the top of the pole. The roadway was blocked while crews worked to contain the flames and make sure there were no live wires on the ground.
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In another part of Beaver Falls, winds may have forced a tree to lean onto a home. No one was hurt inside of the house on 5th Avenue.
"The wind began to blow really hard. I got up to shut the windows and we heard a loud banging on the roof. We looked out the window and saw that the tree had fallen over,” said homeowner Jeff Noyes. “It could have been much worse. We are very thankful.”
Beaver County was among the hardest hit areas, with 1,000 people reporting power outages at its peak.
“The sky opened up. There was lightning, there was thunder and there was massive wind. About 10 minutes in we lost electricity until about 4:30 this morning,” said resident Debbie Glovier.
Tuesday morning was sunny and the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures in the 80s.
More storms are expected through Friday, Chief Meteorologist Stephen Cropper said.
Storms cause damage, power outages; More severe weather expected
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