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Where my dad lives in Pittsburgh was near ground zero for a microburst (a weather pattern like a tornado that hits suddenly).

Zoom in on the map to the 50-ft scale. The giant tree in the upper left of the screen is down - the tree was about 100 feet tall. Most of the trees to the north of our back yard are down as well.

My dad is OK, and the house has some shingles and siding missing, but no major damage. A large iron and glass patio table was thrown into the next yard, and an iron chair was sent 400 feet down the street into another neighbor's yard.


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Date: 2010-09-23 04:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lupagreenwolf.livejournal.com
Glad everyone's okay!

And small world--I lived in Pgh for five years before moving to the PNW!

Date: 2010-09-23 04:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] varro.livejournal.com
Yep...I think I talked about that with you - where did you live? (Bethel Park here...)

Date: 2010-09-23 05:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lupagreenwolf.livejournal.com
Mostly Millvale and Sharpsburg since that was all I could afford, though I spent three months in Allison Park.

Date: 2010-09-23 05:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] varro.livejournal.com
Ah, the mysterious near north suburbs.

Pittsburghers do not like to cross bridges to go places (except work), so I've never really been there. (I've gotten out of my shell and made it to the South Side when I've been back, though, instead of always staying in Bethel Park, South Park, and Baldwin/Whitehall/Brentwood.)

Date: 2010-09-23 04:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mechmuertos.livejournal.com
Wow! Godbless your Dad being ok.

Date: 2010-09-23 07:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kinkyturtle.livejournal.com
Wow. Reminds me of when Hurricane Rita was coming here, shortly after Katrina did its thing. Our neighbor across the back fence was away somewhere and her backyard was filled with patio furniture and old flowerpots full of dirt. We were worried about all that stuff becoming projectiles during the storm, but we couldn't get hold of her to discuss getting it stored in shelter, so my dad and I took matters into our own hands. I climbed the fence and passed everything over to Dad, and then we stowed it all in our garage. After the storm, we put it all back.

Date: 2010-09-23 02:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hopita.livejournal.com
That's an amazing story.

My folks live in Pittsburgh but are away right now. I'm hoping they don't return home to any damage.

Date: 2010-09-25 01:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] varro.livejournal.com
Probably not - most of the damage was in the South Hills, especially in the north section of Bethel Park - near my dad's house and along the Bethel - Baldwin border near Cool Springs.

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