Cleanup work underway after storms in Western Pa. devastated – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Heavy rain, strong wind and hail all left their mark on Point Breeze on Penham Place.

“It was terrifying,” said Rohan Ganguli, a Point Breeze resident. “It was a violent storm and the road was like a river.”

“Last night we went for a walk and saw all the damage,” said Jessica Wandelt, who also lives in Point Breeze. “There were tons of trees and power lines. It was pretty scary.

A massive tree fell and smashed a resident’s car.

“They only moved from Florida a month ago and had hurricanes there, but they came here and the tree fell,” Ganguli said.

Another tree fell on Ganguli’s roof and in his garden.

And knowing he wouldn’t be alone with the damage, he wasted no time calling a logging company.

“We actually called her when the storm was going on and the trees were falling because he’s our regular,” said Ganguli. “Well, I called him and he said you’d be the first to call, so we’ll be there first thing in the morning.”

It took hours for the crews to clean up.

To make matters worse, thousands of people lost their power from yesterday evening to this morning, including Ganguli and Wandelt.

Walks lives down the street on Yorkshire Drive.

“We’ve been cooking dinner since yesterday evening around 6 p.m. and all of our dinner was in the oven when the power went out,” said Wandelt. “Well, luckily it was mostly cooked.”

And she hopes dinner won’t be in the dark again tonight.

“Small adjustments, we’ll make it,” said Wandelt. “Hopefully the power is back today.”

Despite all the damage, nobody was seriously injured here.

“It’s an inconvenience, but at least we’re all safe,” said Ganguli.

Regarding the blackouts, Duquesne Light says the power should be restored by midnight.

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