Wednesday’s winter storm tore through Derry Township through the afternoon, toppling trees and utility lines and damaging buildings.

Areas of the township were hit by high winds blowing from Derry Ridge to the east, Bradenville Fire Chief Mark Piantine said.

“We had a lot of downed trees and wires,” he said, especially along Pandora Road and in the villages of Brenizer and Torrance. “It’s amazing how windy it is.”

No storm-related injuries were reported as of 6 p.m.

Part of a tree fell on a mail truck, Piantine said. According to a Westmoreland County 911 dispatcher, a branch was removed from the vehicle and he was able to continue on his way.

Two people were displaced from their mobile home along Pine Street in the village of Peanut when the wind tore the roof off, Piantine said. He said the Westmoreland County Animal Response Team (CART) arrived to help more than a dozen cats that were inside the home.

The winds also damaged the panels of a greenhouse at Derry Area High School, according to Piantine.

He said Bradenville firefighters responded to 14 storm calls around 4 p.m. when they were dispatched to another.

Neighboring Derry Borough, New Alexandria, Lloydsville, Youngstown, Ligonier, Blairsville and Black Lick fire departments assisted.

Jeff Himler is an editor at Tribune-Review. You can contact Jeff by email at jhimler@triblive.com or via Twitter .



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