Community Issues

Windy Weather Means Roads Closed & Power Out

If your power is out, what about all the stuff in your 'fridge. We've got some resources to help you decide what to keep and what to toss.

Windy weather Sunday and overnight Monday caused a lot of problems for people including power outages and road closures. The big tree in the picture above is a pine that was blown over, closing all four lanes of Route 19 in McCandless between Rohlshouse and Sandle Roads, by Roma Plaza. The closure was only a block long, but the detour caused a traffic mess that extended into surrounding neighborhoods, and all the way over to the cross streets with McKnight Road.

Power outages were also causing problems: many schools were delayed or closed because of outages. And businesses had to close or curtail business because of no power, including the McKnight Post Office on McKnight Road in Ross, where employees couldn't provide counter sales of stamps and shipping help.

One of the big questions after a power outage at home is what to do about the food in your refrigerator and freezer. Click here for a good list from the Department of Agriculture of what refrigerated food is safe and what to discard. The rule of thumb for your freezer is that food will probably stay safe for 24 hours with the door closed. But if items have started to thaw, either cook them or throw them away.

Duquesne Light has been tweeting out pictures from damage around the area, and keeping people up to date on when to expect power to be restored. Repairs are going more slowly because crews can't safely use their bucket trucks to reach service lines when the winds are high. Duquesne Light's website also has a way for you to report an outage, and additional advice on what to do about the food in your 'fridge. You can access West Penn Power/Allegheny Energy's website by clicking here .

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