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More rain Wednesday after flooding, lightning, power outages slam South Sound

TACOMA, Wash. - A flash flood hit Tacoma on Tuesday afternoon, closing at least one road and flooding houses, and lightning and power outages soon followed through the South Sound.

People from Des Moines to Tacoma reported heavy rain and violent thunderstorms passing through the area.

Q13 News crews witnessed buildings and homes without power, including a McDonald's in Des Moines. As of 7 p.m., Puget Sound Energy reported 10,576 customers were without power due to 15 outages.

In Tacoma, N. Alder Way was closed at Ruston Way as of 4:30 p.m. There was no word on when it might re-open. N. 28th N. Tyler were also closed near their intersection.

A Q13 News crew saw a Jeep stranded at N. Elder and N. Ruston Way after the driver tried to make it through high waters. The vehicle was left stalled and smoking.

Videos from other parts of Tacoma also showed flooding, including near N. 30th and McCarver in Old Town.

Tacoma Fire said it got six calls in the course of an hour about flooding in houses and a few storm drains in the West End and North End. It said it also responded to a vehicle that got stuck while trying to cross a large body of standing water.

Jon Meinecke with Tacoma Fire said it all happened quickly, and officials are working to get a scope of the problem.

No injuries have been reported.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story said Ruston Way was closed at Alder. Tacoma Fire said the information it issued was incorrect; Alder is closed, but Ruston isn't.