The storm didn’t last long yesterday, but its damage kept Armstrong County emergency workers responding to issues into the evening hours.
The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning at 3:56 PM as the weather system moved into Kittanning. Wind gusts were reported to be as much as 60 mph. People ran for cover as half-dollar -size hail pelted the ground from the sky.
Main areas of the county impacted by the storm included Kittanning, West Kittanning, West Hills, Ford Cliff, Ford City, Lenape Heights, Rural Valley, Manorville, Applewold, Templeton, and Mahoning Creek Lake.
West Penn Power worked on a live power line that was down at 224 Pine Road in Rural Valley.
PennDOT called out technicians to reset traffic lights all over the region.
Township road crews responded to fallen trees and fire departments set up a perimeter around downed power lines.
The storm knocked out radio station WTYM for a short time.
By 4:30, the storm had moved off to the east, and sunshine was restored.
In town, storm sewers worked to catch up with torrential water that backed up into the street.
The storm came just one day before the Riverbration boat races begin. Several years ago, a similar storm blew down the bandstand in the park, injuring a band member. Promoters were glad weather forecasts are better this year for the weekend event.