2,000 W.Pa. residents without power; forecast has sunshine returning


About 2,000 Western Pennsylvania residents remained without power Thursday morning after severe thunderstorms blew through the region late Wednesday, according to area utility companies.

West Penn Power reported 1,989 customers without power in a nine-county region as of 5:45 a.m., while Duquesne Light Co. reported just 26 customers impacted.

Most of the West Penn outages were reported in Fayette County where 1,244 utility customers had outages with the majority in Menallen and Henry Clay townships. According to the utility’s website, service in those areas was expected to be restored by 10 a.m.

Butler County had 306 without power and those were also expected to be restored later morning. Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Greene, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland had outages varying between five to 189 customers without power, according to the utility website.

Despite tornado watches being issued Wednesday for multiple counties in the region, Jenna Lake, meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Moon said none were reported in Pennsylvania during the storm.

“We did have reports of hail in the Morgantown, W.Va., area,” she said.

Today, Lake said area residents can expect overcast skies to eventually clear during the afternoon with sunshine returning. She said the high will eventually reach 69 degrees by late afternoon, but temperatures will dip to 55 degrees overnight.

“Friday should be beautiful. Sun and the high should reach 75 degrees,” she said.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, ppeirce@triblive.com or via Twitter .