PITTSBURGH — Tens of thousands of people in Southwestern Pennsylvania lost power early Wednesday morning as severe storms swept through the Pittsburgh region. Below you will find the latest power outage numbers and damage information.
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UPDATE 9:22 p.m.: Nearly a full day after the storms moved through, there are still about 10,000 customers without power.
Duquesne Light is reporting 7,882 customers without power. Industry, Scott and Coraopolis each have more than 1,000 people without power.
First Energy’s outages have dropped significantly - down to 2,877. More than 1,100 of these customers are in Westmoreland County.
UPDATE 4:30 p.m.: Duquesne Light is still reporting 8,756 people are without power. There are also nearly 9,000 West Penn Power customers that don’t have electricity either.
UPDATE 12 p.m.: In Ellwood City, crews are working to restore power after a huge tree came down and knocked out power lines.
As of this updates, 25,495 Duquesne Light customers are without power and 12,477 West Penn Power customers.
UPDATE 9 a.m.: Nearly 50,000 people across western Pennsylvania remain without power.
Duquesne Light released the following statement:
“Duquesne Light crews are working as quickly and safely as possible to restore power to the approximately 26,300 customers without service following last night’s severe weather which included high winds, hail, lightning and rain. Crews will continue to work around the clock under COVID-19 protection protocol to restore power to all affected customers.”
West Penn has thousands more customers without power. Here is a county breakdown:
- Westmoreland County: 10,665
- Allegheny County: 3,677
- Armstrong County: 193
- Beaver County: 809
- Butler County: 762
- Fayette County: 1,529
- Indiana County: 459
- Lawrence County: 342
- Mercer County: 91
- Washington County: 1,878
UPDATE 5:45 a.m.: A tree that’s about 80 feet tall was brought down by the storms in Ellwood City, along Glen Avenue.
UPDATE 5:35 a.m.: The roof of St. Mary of Czestochowa church on Kenneth Avenue in New Kensington was ripped apart during the storms.
UPDATE 5:30 a.m.: Duquesne Light crews have cleared a power line from Hamilton Road in Castle Shannon, police said. The road is back open and crews are working to restore power to residents.
UPDATE 3:35 a.m.: Hamilton Road in Castle Shannon between the Bethel Park boundary and Route 88 is closed due to a wire down in the road.
UPDATE 3:17 a.m.: There are widespread damage reports from across our area, but the most serious appear to be in Beaver. Butler and Lawrence Counties.
In Ellwood City major damage has been reported at several homes and businesses.
Out east, the National Weather Service is expected to conduct a site survey in the Apollo area where a tornado may have touched down.
UPDATE 2:28 a.m.: Duquesne Light is currently reporting more than 10,000 customers without power. The hardest hit area is Penn Hills, which has more than 1,000 customers without power. Several other communities stretching from the West End through Green Tree and into West Mifflin have more than 500 customers without power.
First Energy is also reporting tens of thousands of customers without power. Below is a breakdown by county.
- Allegheny: 9,147
- Armstrong: 162
- Beaver: 606
- Butler: 1,475
- Fayette: 2,180
- Indiana: 1,326
- Somerset: 5,815
- Washington: 3,237
- Westmoreland: 20,647
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