Lightning leaves hundreds without power

A lightning strike in Portland Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. (Charlie Eckblad/KOIN 6 News viewer)
A lightning strike in Portland Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. (Charlie Eckblad/KOIN 6 News viewer)
A lightning strike seen from outside the Noodles restaurant on Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway in Beaverton, Ore. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. (OregonTravelDaily.com)
A lightning strike seen from outside the Noodles restaurant on Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway in Beaverton, Ore. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. (OregonTravelDaily.com)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – An overnight thunderstorm that rolled through the Pacific Northwest brought a plethora of lightning strikes that left hundreds of people in the Portland metro area without power early Tuesday morning.

Oregon and Washington saw 617 lightning strikes, according to KOIN meteorologist Riley O’Conner. One such strike brought a tree down onto a house in the Rockwood neighborhood of Southwest Portland.

As of 10 a.m., more than 3,100 PGE customers in the metro area were without electricity. About 1,800 of those were in the Gresham area and another 660 on Sauvie Island. Another 320 customers were without power in Beaverton and 150 in Hillsboro. According to its website, the causes ranged from lightning to equipment failures.

To report an outage or get updates call PGE at 503-464-7777.

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