• Strong Storms Leave Behind Heavy Damage

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    DORMONT, Pa.,None - A strong line of storms that moved through western Pennsylvania late Wednesday afternoon caused major damage to the area, especially in Dormont and Mount Lebanon.

    Video: Strong Storms Leave Behind Heavy Damage Video: 24 Hours After Storm Greensburg Residents Without Power

    Power crews continue to restore service to thousands of people who are still in the dark. Both Allegheny Power and Duquesne Light each have more than 14,000 customers without power still.

    The power was out at the Lighting By Erik store on West Liberty Avenue in Dormont on Wednesday night, but that didn't stop workers from boarding up broken windows.

    Lewis Cantor said he heard the storm and the windows break while working.

    "It blew our chandeliers halfway into the store," Cantor said.

    Nearby, Truver's Jewelers lost part of its sign posted outside the store.

    Yards in the area had broken tree limbs in them, and a tree fell on top of Shelly McCaffrey's house on Wainbell Avenue.

    "I heard the tree hit our roof, then all of a sudden the fireplace doors flew open. Bricks came down into the house and then I could hear the bricks falling outside," McCaffrey said.

    Mount Lebanon residents were also cleaning up after the storms hit. Christine Murray said she returned home to find a tree on top of her car.

    "Today was not a good day, not at all," Murray said. "Now, we are just trying to figure out how to dig it out."

    At the height of the storm, Duquesne Light said it had about 52,000 customers without power.

    Meanwhile in Westmoreland County, power remained out to several hundred residents who were forced to endure the unusually warm and humid temperatures for late September.

    A crew from Virginia was brought in to Greensburg to assist local crews with storm damage clean-up.

    "It's busy, hot. We're working hard trying to get people's power back on," said contractor Nathan Woodward.

    Residents said it's been a frustrating near 24-hours as they wait for the electricity to come back on.

    "We called back again today just to find out if it was going to be 11:30 a.m., which it's past 11:30 a.m. now, and they said it would probably be fixed by 11 p.m. the 24th, which is tomorrow," said Greensburg resident Ed Sam.

    Richard McAlpine said the wait has been hard considering he uses a medication that must stay cool.

    "You keep it in the refrigerator, of course the refrigerator is getting warm, and so is the insulin," said McAlpine.

    He said the medication costs $90 per vile. The McAlpines said while they're waiting for power, they're also throwing money out of the window.

    "Who's going to pay to replace the insulin? Right now we really need that refrigerator back on," said Loretta McAlpine.

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