Power outages continue across Southwestern Pa. after heavy storms, Fayette tornado

Aug. 26—Power crews continued working Saturday afternoon to restore power to more than 5,000 customers in Southwestern Pennsylvania following strong storms and a tornado that touched down in Fayette County.

West Penn Power had just over 5,700 customers still without power as of 1:30 Saturday afternoon, down from 8,000 in the morning.

The most-affected area was in a triangle formed by Waynesburg, Uniontown and Belle Vernon.

Just under 2,800 Fayette County customers are without power, along with 857 in Washington County, 150 in Westmoreland County and 282 in Allegheny County.

By Saturday afternoon, Duquesne Light had restored power to between 100-150 customers in Baldwin Borough and Beaver Falls, and about 400 west of Pittsburgh, in the Hanover area around Raccoon Creek State Park.

Fewer than 50 of its customers remained without power as of 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Homes, trees, power lines, and a Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park resort and campground were damaged early Friday morning when strong thunderstorms and a tornado moved through the region.

The National Weather Service confirmed in a report that a tornado with winds peaking at 120 miles per hour passed through the Springfield Township region of Fayette County at around 2:30 a.m.

Tribune-Review news partner WTAE spoke with one resident on Fairmont Road in Springfield whose neighbors' trailer was picked up by the wind and rolled over, sending multiple children to the hospital.

"They're alright, thank God," Doug Show told WTAE. "It was really strong, every pole was snapped off up along Fairmont Road."

Saturday's forecast calls for partly sunny skies with a high of 81 degrees and a low of 61 tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick by email at pvarine@triblive.com or via Twitter .