PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Thunder and lightning rolled throughout Oregon and the Portland metro Wednesday afternoon and evening, bringing heavy rain in spots and causing thousands to lose their power.
It has been 780 days, or just over two years, since the last Severe Thunderstorm Watch went into effect in portions of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
Wednesday the entire state got a taste of severe thunderstorms and their destructive weather as they rolled through the afternoon and evening.
The National Weather Service in Portland estimated anywhere from 2500 to 3000 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes occurred Wednesday throughout the state.
Around 8 p.m., Portland General Electric reported nearly 26,000 customers without power in Clackamas, Marion and Washington counties.
Pacific Power also reported about 6,000 customers without power in counties scattered around the state.
Clark County PUD reported more than 2,600 customers affected.
There were some severe thunderstorm watches in effect for various areas in Oregon.
In west Portland, lightning split a tree in two in Arbor Park, while heavy hail pounded portions of Hwy-26. Gusty winds toppled down trees and brought damages to cars and structures. The Troutdale Airport clocked in wind gusts of 40 mph and another storm report in Wasco County clocked in wind gusts around 60 mph.
Firefighters extinguished a fire burning in the roof and attic of a home in Tualatin after a nearby tree was struck by lightning, according to TVF&R. Residents escaped unharmed.
A tree fell onto a house in Salem early Wednesday evening. The Salem Fire Department said no one was home when 2 large branches fell into the master bedroom, causing structural damage.
A family living just north of Battle Ground said lightning struck a tree in their backyard.
A tree was also damaged at Arbor Park in the Orenco Gardens neighborhood of Hillsboro on Wednesday evening.