Man struck by lightning in Schenley Park as storms move through Pittsburgh area

August 24, 2018

One person was struck by lightning in Pittsburgh when strong storms moved through the area Monday afternoon, authorities said.

The 45-year-old man was in Schenley Park, according to Public Safety spokesman Chris Togneri.

Bystanders performed CPR until paramedics arrived and transported him to UPMC Presbyterian. Togneri said medics resuscitated the man, and he had a pulse when they arrived at the hospital.

He was last listed in critical condition.

The storms began about 1 p.m. and prompted the National Weather Service to issue a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties until 2 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Moon reported about 1.75 inches of rainfall in Fox Chapel. Nickel-sized hail fell in Mercer County and parts of Ohio, according to meteorologist Fred McMullen, but the damage locally was contained to mudslides and downed trees.

He said Allegheny County will have a hit-or-miss chance for more storms through about 7 p.m.

“From there, it rapidly decreases into a quieter night,” he said.

Allegheny County officials reported via social media that a tree fell across Bullcreek Road in Fawn, and the 800 Block of Freeport Road was flooded in O’Hara.

The county shut down pools in Boyce, North and South parks. Kennywood Park announced it will close at 4 p.m. Monday because of the weather.

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