Flash floods, landslides, major snowstorms have tormented Pittsburgh region in 2018
Monday night’s flash floods are just the latest in a string of wild weather that’s been pummeling the region all year. Southwestern Pennsylvania has been hit with tornadoes, floods, snow, ice and landslides since the start of the year — not to mention the record-setting rain.
Here’s a look back at some of the most dramatic disasters we’ve seen in 2018:
January 13: Barges slam into dam during snowstorm
The Ohio river flooded during a snowstorm, causing 27 barges to slip from their moorings, drift downstream and slam into Emsworth Dam. Photo by Andrew Russell.
February 7: Snow, freezing rain pelt region
The snowstorm dropped more than 8 inches of snow on some parts of the region. A few thousand people lost power, the Turnpike and many other roads were closed, and there were numerous crashes. Photo by Nate Smallwood.
February 16: Tornado rips through Uniontown
With wind gusts of up to 105 miles per hour a tornado touched down in Uniontown, destroying 22 buildings. Fayette County was the hardest-hit area but the rest of the region was slammed as well. Almost 4,000 customers were without power, almost four inches of rain fell in some places and residents of Rostraver had to flee their flooded homes. Photo by Shane Dunlap
March 21: Tractor-trailers banned from Turnpike during rare March snowstorm
Some areas received 10 inches of snow in this spring storm that saw large trucks banned from the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The snow hit its peak during rush hour, causing numerous crashes and making it tough for plow trucks to get through. Photo by Jack Fordyce.
April 7: Route 30 collapses in landslide
Part of Route 30 in East Pittsburgh fell down a hillside, destroying an apartment building. The road was closed for months, reopening last week. Though it was the most dramatic landslide of the year it was far from the only one. Unstable ground saturated by rain and snowmelt caused hundreds across the area, according to PennDOT statistics. Photo by ABC World News Tonight
June 20: Flash floods kill Bridgeville woman
Wendy Abbot, 64, of Upper St. Clair was found dead in Bridgeville in Bridgeville after being swept down McLaughlin Run in Upper St. Clair. The flash flood heavily damaged buildings in Bridgeville, Upper St. Clair, Latrobe and Ligonier were heavily damaged, roads were washed away, and swiftwater rescue teams were called to save people from the rising Loyalhanna Creek. Photo by Kristina Serafini
June 28: Two tornadoes spotted in Westmoreland County
The National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes touched down in Westmoreland County, one in Hempfield, the other in Unity. Each had wind speeds up to 80 mph, knocking down trees and damaging buildings. Photo courtesy of WPXI.
July 2: More flash floods strand drivers
About 100 drivers were stuck on flooded Route 28 as water swept through Fox Chapel and O’Hara Township. Several streets and parking lots were heavily damaged by the water. Rescue teams had to save people from their cars. Photo courtesy of Matthew Huha.
Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org, 724-836-6646, or via Twitter @Soolseem.