Dust, thunderstorm hit Mid-Columbia

September 15, 2013 

A thunderstorm swept through the Tri-Cities on Sunday night, causing lightning and gusty winds.

A large dust cloud came over the west side of Badger Mountain and rolled north through the Tri-Cities.

The storm started about 5:30 p.m. and a thunderstorm warning was effect in Benton County until 7:15 p.m.

Winds of almost 50 mph were recorded at the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco. The lightning sparked several small fires, fire officials said.

Downed power lines and trees also were reported in Benton and Franklin counties. Crews worked into the night to remove branches from power lines and to keep the roadways clear.

Benton Fire District 1 responded to reports of small fires, but they were quickly put out by the rain. No injuries were reported.

Today, expect mostly sunny skies with a high near 80 and 17 mph winds with gusts as high as 28 mph, the National Weather Service reported.

There is a chance of showers Tuesday, according to the weather service.

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