Intense western Pennsylvania storms strand woman on flooded road, halt church organ


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MONROEVILLE, Pennsylvania — An elderly woman had to be rescued from her car when a roadway flooded, while a lightning strike is being blamed for shutting down a church organ as severe storms swept through the Pittsburgh area.

The woman had to be rescued when water reached the door handles of her car at an intersection in Monroeville, just before 11:30 a.m. Sunday. That's about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.

In Mount Lebanon, lightning hit St. Bernard Church shutting down the building's pipe organ during 9 a.m. Mass. The Catholic church used a piano at its 11 a.m. service.

The National Weather Service says the storm dropped as much as 2 inches of rain on some areas as it moved through the area, causing reports of minor flooding in several areas in and around the city.

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