Power being restored to thousands after strong storms roll through Pittsburgh area

Power company crews have been busy restoring power overnight and have made a lot of progress after strong storms rolled through the area.

PHOTOS: Severe storms move through western Pennsylvania

At the height of the storm, Duquesne Light reported more than 18,000 outages. That number was down to about 1,800 at 9:45 a.m.

West Penn Power reported about 20,000 outages late Wednesday. By 9:45 a.m., about 2,700 customers were still without power.

Click here for Duquesne Light’s outage map.

Click here for West Penn Power’s outage map.

Several schools altered plans for the day due to closed roads and power outages.

Pittsburgh school closings and delays

Strong winds brought down power lines all over the region, including on West North Avenue in Manchester, where a massive tree also fell onto at least three cars.

The road was still blocked Thursday morning.

In the Saxonburg area, several roads are closed due to downed trees and wires. They include sections of Dinnerbell Road, Golden City Road, Glade Mill Road, Route 356 and Hannahstown Road, Saxonburg Volunteer Fire Company says.

PennDOT announced that portions of the following roads are closed due to flooding.

Washington County

  • Route 1059 (Sugar Run Road) between Petticoat Lane and Cooper Road in Nottingham Township due to downed utility.
  • Route 2023 (Grange Road/Van Voorhis Hazelkirk Road/Bentleyville Road) between Ginger Hill Road and Shannon Road in Carroll Township due to downed tree in wires.

Westmoreland County

  • Route 1007 (Ross Mountain Park Road) between Mountain View Road in Fairfield Township and Shrum Hill Road in Saint Clair Township due to flooding.
  • Route 3021 (Webster Hollow Road/Salem Church Road) between Fellsburg Road and Route 51 (Elizabeth Perryopolis Road) in Rostraver Township due to downed tree in wires.
  • Route 3039 (Second Avenue/Robertson Road/Robertson Street/First Avenue) between Blackburn Street in West Newton Borough and Lowber Road in Sewickley Township due to downed tree in wires.

Motorists should never drive through flooded roadways, as it takes just two feet of fast-moving water to float a car, PennDOT advises.

Download the FREE WPXI News app for breaking news alerts.

Follow Channel 11 News on Facebook and Twitter. | Watch WPXI NOW