Thunderstorms bring lightning, hail to OR

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in several counties Thursday

Lightning strikes over McMinnville on May 4, 2017. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — After 2 consecutive days with temperatures in the 80s in the Portland metro area, thunderstorms rolled through the state.

Hail in Vernonia on May 4, 2017. (Courtesy of Patty Cone)
Hail in Vernonia on May 4, 2017. (Courtesy of Patty Cone)

There were severe thunderstorm warnings in Multnomah, Clackamas, Skamania and Hood River Counties.

The National Weather Service said there were thunderstorms in the Coast Range, Cascades and Seattle, but not the Willamette Valley.

There was a lightning strike on a trail in the Gorge near Ainsworth State Park, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said. No one was hit but one person was injured while running to get out of the storm. They are said to be OK.

The Gorge also saw flash flooding that caused a small landslide on Frontage Road near Warrendale.

The National Weather Service said storms produced half dollar sized hail and people in Vernonia got a taste of that Thursday evening.

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