Summer storms drenched the region Friday afternoon, bringing heavy rain and high winds that brought down trees, poles and wires and knocked out power for thousands.
The first round of storms that pushed through in the afternoon caused some significant damage in parts of the area.
The worst may have been in Bellevue. That’s where a massive tree was uprooted along Cliff Avenue. It brought down three utility poles and a bunch power lines across the street on Meade Avenue. No injuries were reported, but power was knocked out to the area. Duquesne Light crews and a tree cutting service were brought in to clean up at the scene.
There were power outages all across the area, not just in Bellevue. At 9:40 p.m. Friday, Duquesne Light was reporting 3,500 customers still without power; and at 11 p.m., West Penn Power had about 4,000 people still in the dark.
There were also reports of downed trees and wires in Gibsonia, Dravosburg, Penn Hills, West Deer and Pleasant Hills. Also, a transformer caught fire in Springdale.