Lightning, thunder put on a show overnight

Lightning, thunder put on a show overnight

Credit: Mitchell Greenblatt

Lightning over Bellevue, Wash., July 17, 2013.

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 9:46 AM

People across Washington state were likely kept awake due to lighting and thunder overnight.

KING 5 Meteorologist Rich Marriott said a band of lightning strikes moved through Western Washington between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.  Wednesday. More lightning strikes were reported around 6 a.m. in the Cascade foothills of southern King County and northern Pierce County.

It was much more active in Eastern Washington, with more than 1,000 lightning strikes per hour still being recorded at 6 a.m.

Marriott says the chances of local showers and thundershowers in Western Washington will continue through Wednesday morning. Local hail, gusty winds, lightning and reduced visibility for drivers will be likely in the vicinity of those showers. Several bands of showers will move northward through Puget Sound, but should end in the afternoon, with the possible exception of the area from Mount Vernon northward. Highs will be in the mid to upper 70s.

Heavy rain and 1-inch hail hit wheat country north of Coulee City in Douglas County early Wednesday.

A meteorologist in the Spokane Weather Service office, Ron Miller, says he heard from a wheat farmer on the Waterville Plateau who was checking his crop for damage.

Forecasters had been concerned about the possibility of flash flooding in parts of Eastern Washington, but Miller says the storms moved through too fast to cause flooding.

Wildfires started by lightning strikes remain a concern. A Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman, Janet Pearce, says there are no reports of significant new wildfires.

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