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Storms knock out power to thousands of customers in Western Pa.

Thousands of customers were left without electrical service as storms rolled through the region Monday evening, downing trees and power lines.

The National Weather Service, which issued various severe thunderstorm warnings throughout the evening, said the storms were expected to continue until until 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Hail said to be the size of dimes, quarters and half dollars or larger was reported in and around Mt. Washington, Robinson, Elizabeth, Jefferson Hills, Sutersville, Mt. Pleasant and elsewhere, according to reports received by the National Weather Service.

No serious damage was reported when lighting struck homes along Armstrong Drive in South Park and Belasco Avenue in Beechview, emergency personnel said.

Numerous trees were reported down in the Rennerdale area of Collier, West Newton and various locations in Washington County — McMurray, Taylorstown, Claysville, Finleyville and Cecil, according to the National Weather Service. Several roads were reported blocked by the trees.

At 7:30 p.m., FirstEnergy utilities such as West Penn Power reported 4,390 customers in Allegheny County without power; 4,867 in Washington County and 2,400 in Westmoreland County.

Three hours later, those same utilities showed 1,661 without service in Allegheny County, 2,845 in Washington County and 1,127 in Westmoreland County.

In related news, Storms, flash flooding hit Western Pennsylvania.

This article was written by Michael Hasch from The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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