The Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh reopened Sunday after weathering a severe storm on Thursday, August 9. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on August 10 that visitors “watched a dark cloud race up the Ohio River, bearing down until it sideswiped the building, tore siding from one corner and shattered windows, scattering both glass and patrons, who fled terrified to a ground floor.”
More than a thousand visitors were in the center at the time the storm hit, according to director Joanna Haas. The science center provided cover in stairwells, the lobby, and theater (along with a talk about thunderstorms and other science activities). A full day of weather-related programs was planned for Sunday.