Streets turn into rivers as storms surge

A downpour left Salem streets filled with water, Sept. 5, 2013 (Report It, lisamw89)
A downpour left Salem streets filled with water, Sept. 5, 2013 (Report It, lisamw89)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A line of thunderstorms stretches from the Oregon Coast across Salem and further past the Cascades, bringing instability and downpours throughout the area.

A lightning bolt in Tigard, Sept. 5, 2013 (Report It, Neil Bradley)
A lightning bolt in Tigard, Sept. 5, 2013 (Report It, Neil Bradley)

The areas hardest hit are in central Oregon, where some streets in Salem were flooded and some areas saw as much as 2 inches in an hour. The storms are sitting over that area.

Lightning lit up the skies in the Portland metropolitan area in the early morning hours of Thursday. The KOIN 6 Weather Center tracked 301 lightning strikes in one 15-minute span.

A Delta plane headed for the Portland International Airport “self diverted” for about an hour due to PDX-area lighting.

In the Salem area, thunderstorms rolled through — causing the worst downpour many had seen in years. As of 8:38 p.m. Thursday PGE reported 29 Marion County outages, with service out to 3,718 customers.

More storms are expected Friday.

The weekend looks dry and sunny with warmer temperatures expected next week. The thunderstorms won’t hit everyone, but certain areas may see heavy downpours and vivid cloud-to-ground lightning. The safest spots in times like this, KOIN Meteorologist Bruce Sussman reported Thursday, is inside a building or car.

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