PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – Lightning cut through the dark, early morning sky throughout the Portland metro Friday and kept firefighters busy in portions of Washington County.
Portland General Electric reported at 5:30 a.m. more than 1,600 customers were without power across six counties. That number has only dipped slightly as 9 a.m., though the bulk of those still affected reside in Clackamas County.
At least 3,000 customers were in the dark at the outage’s peak.
Forest Grove firefighters responded to a grass fire near Northwest Spreadborough Lane and Northwest Highway 47 early Friday morning, with the agency’s spokesperson saying via Twitter that lightning most likely sparked the fire. A photo posted to the department’s Twitter account shows firefighters working as a bolt of lighting hits in the background.
There have been no reported injuries as a result of any Friday’s lighting strikes.
Crews in Sherwood put out a small fire after lighting hit a tree near Southwest Old Highway 99 West and Southwest Brookman Road, a Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue spokesperson said.
The property owner told KOIN 6 News he was thankful no one was hurt, and that the fields around his property did not catch fire.
The National Weather Service in Portland reported at 10:35 p.m. Thursday storms with lighting started forming along the coast range that moved northeast.
Officials described the lightning as dangerous and urged residents “when thunder roars, go indoors.”