Lightning hits Portland metro, some lose power

Clackamas County hardest hit in power outages

Lightning over downtown Portland, October 17, 2016 (Dan Davis via Twitter)
Lightning over downtown Portland, October 17, 2016 (Dan Davis via Twitter)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Thunder and lightning rolled through the Portland metro Monday afternoon, knocking out power to thousands in Clackamas County.

However, by 2:30 p.m., most of the power to PGE customers had been restored.

Lightning struck a tree and damaged homes in Lake Oswego, October 17, 2016. (KOIN)
Lightning struck a tree and damaged homes in Lake Oswego, October 17, 2016. (KOIN)

The storms were nowhere near the strength of the system that rolled through Oregon this past weekend, but rain flooded roads and wind and lightning damaged homes.

Lightning struck a tree in Lake Oswego, and neighbors told KOIN 6 News if the tree came down in just one direction a home could have been destroyed.

“I heard this huge crash and it sounded like someone dropped a piano in my bedroom,” Justin Ormiston said. “[I’m] just thankful no one got hurt. The damage seems to be fairly superficial. I’m sure it’s going to be a lot of aches and pains but at least structurally there’s not, on our part, tremendous damage.”

Neighbors were in good spirits Monday evening as they helped each other clean up.

Tuesday will also be wet and breezy and Wednesday looks dry.

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