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Trees struck by lightning during brief summer storm

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A thunderstorm with heavy rain and lightning passed through the metro area on Thursday morning.

The storm began before 7 a.m. and brought loud thunder and lightning, especially over Washington County. A power pole fell on a house near the intersection of Southwest 14th and Southwest Allen in Beaverton but crews were able to clear it quickly. 

In Garden Home on Southwest 84th Avenue, several backyards were damaged after multiple trees were hit by lightning -- causing one to even catch fire.

Craig Larsen had a 200-year-old Douglas Fir in his backyard, which was blown to bits by lightning.

"It was a big boom," Larsen said. "I thought 'Wow that's a real close thunderclap,' but it was obviously more than that."

More lightning caused the tops of two other tall trees to completely split apart.

The storm caused extensive damage in the neighborhood -- falling limbs destroyed decks and huge tree splinters rained down. 

At one point, over 10,000 PGE customers were without power. Crews were working to restore power and the number was decreasing.


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