BOISE -- A thunderstorm moved quickly through the Treasure Valley this afternoon, bringing lightning strikes, rain, hail and winds gusts up to 60 miles per hour.

The storm reached Boise around 5 p.m. and knocked down numerous power lines, according to Ada County dispatch. Traffic signals are out a quite a few intersections in Boise. Motorists are advised to treat them as a four-way stop.

As of 11:00 Thursday night, Idaho Power says that there are currently more than 5,000 customers without electricity, most of them are in Boise. There is also a large outage of over 4,000 customers in Ontario, Payette, Horseshoe Bend and Garden Valley area. Idaho Power also says that around 58 customers in the Gooding and Shoshone are also without power.

The likely cause is the wind.

Here is a breakdown of the areas with the power outages:

  • Desert View Estates in Kuna
  • Multiple areas around Boise
  • Powerline Road area in Nampa
  • Area of Watson Street to North Park Boulevard and from South College Green to Southwest 13th Street in Ontario
  • Area of 4th Street to 11th Street in Payette

Idaho Power suggest if your power is not restored within two hours to call their outage line at 208-388-2323 or 800-488-6151.

We have also received numerous reports of downed trees.

Idaho's Chief Meteorologist Rick Lantz says the big part of the storm has already moved through Boise and has headed into the mountains to the north. There is much less storm activity in the forecast for this evening.

The National Weather Service reported a wind gust of 60 mph near the Boise Airport this afternoon.

We starting to get pictures from our viewers of some of the storm damage. One viewer send us photos of a tree that toppled over at Barber Park on top of a car.

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