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Lightning strikes, heavy rain as summer storm moves through area

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Lightning strike as seen from Capitol Hill looking east over Lake Washington

Lightning strike as seen from Capitol Hill looking east over Lake Washington

SEATTLE –A rare summer lightning storm roared through Puget Sound region late Wednesday morning into the early afternoon knocking out power and downing trees in its wake.

The storms developed over the Lakewood area around 10 a.m. Wednesday and moved north.

At least one individual reported to Q13 FOX News that lightning hit a tree in Tacoma. Small power outages in the area were also reported.

The blustery weather moved its way north around 11:30 a.m. Hail in the area was confirmed by the National Weather Service. Heavy rain and lightning made its way to Seattle.

More than 5,600 Seattle City Light customers lost power in the Rainier Valley and Columbia City neighborhoods.

The Seahawks training camp practices were forced to move inside.

Q13 FOX Reporter Brandi Kruse witnessed a power pole struck by lightning, and the pole subsequently set on fire.

A Q13 FOX News viewer shared a photo of dime sized hail that fell near the Tukwila area.

 

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