One injured in Western Washington lightning storm

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 18 at 2:58 AM

People who went to bed watching the lightning Thursday night woke up to more of it Friday, along with heavy rain in places. At least one person was injured due to the storm.

KING 5 forecaster Lisa Van Cise said thunderstorms will end west of the Cascades, but there will be some isolated showers around Friday afternoon with a few sunbreaks. Highs will run in the mid 60s to low 70s.

Doppler radar showed the morning lightning was widespread and not centralized to any one area.

The last week has seen a rash of violent weather rarely seen on the west side of the state.

For Western Washington, it's not supposed to be like that in mid-to-late July. The joke around here is that summer finally comes to stay on July 5.  Weather experts say don't bet on anything until July 12. But by July 19, you should be able to count on fabulous weather just about every day.

A Pierce County Public Works employee was injured after lightning struck near him in Puyallup. East Pierce Fire said the worker was taken to the hospital.

Lightning struck near a house in Bonney Lake, causing part of the tree to fall onto the home. There were no reports of injuries.

Sea-Tac Airport twice suspended fueling planes Friday because lightning was too close. Spokesman Perry Cooper said standard procedure is to suspend fueling when lightning is within five miles of the airport.

Fueling was shut down at 6:20 a.m. and lasted for about five minutes. It was shut down again at around 9 a.m.

Cooper said, normally, planes that are already fueled and ready to depart are OK to take off. Some planes that may have landed, but have enough fuel to reach their next stop, may head out for their next destination without refueling.

For the latest weather conditions and forecast, click here. 

KING 5's Glenn Farley and Travis Pittman contributed to this report.

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