© 2022 90.5 WESA
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Contact 90.5 WESA with a story idea or news tip: news@wesa.fm

Wild Weather Topples Gas Station Canopy, Causes Other Damage

Storms and high winds Tuesday night caused the canopy at this Sunoco gas station on Haymaker Road in Monroeville to topple over.

A swath of wild weather brought high winds, thunderstorms, hail and a rare winter tornado warning to western Pennsylvania, causing downed trees and damage to buildings but no injuries.

Lee Hendrickson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh, tells the Meadville Tribune weather spotters reported a funnel cloud during Tuesday's storm, but there were no reports of a touchdown.

At least five homes were damaged in Trumbull and Mercer counties. The Sharon Herald reports school children had to take shelter during the tornado warning.

KDKA-TV says the canopy of a Sunoco gas station toppled over in Monroeville during high winds Tuesday night. Gusts were close to 50 mph.

The storms were fueled by unseasonably warm temperatures in the area, where some places reached 60 degrees.

The weather service is sending a team to the area Wednesday to assess damage.

The Associated Press is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering, supplying a steady stream of news to its members, international subscribers and commercial customers. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, it's a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members.