Lightning generated a spectacular nighttime show Thursday in the Tri-Cities.
The National Weather Service counted more than 400 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes from about 8 to 11 p.m. in the greater Tri-City area.
The storm also brought a deluge of rain and gusty winds. Hail of up to an inch in size was reported near West Richland, according to the weather service.
Rain was heavy enough to cover some streets and parking lots with standing water, at least briefly.
At the Pasco airport 0.31 inch of rain was recorded, Kennewick received 0.17 inch and Richland showed 0.15 inch, according to the weather service.
The peak wind gust recorded was 40 mph near Pasco.
Local utilities had some downed lines and power outages.
There also were intermittent “blinks” — brief power interruptions — that also interrupted some businesses.
People at the 8 p.m. opening of the 3-D Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 left the Queensgate 12 Theater in Richland disappointed.
The power blinked out as the preview trailers were showing before the movie started.
Getting every projector operating again can take 15 to 20 minutes, said a manager at the theater. Operators were just getting projectors restarted Thursday night and the power would blink off again.
Disappointed filmgoers were given vouchers to attend another showing, with some coming back for a newly scheduled showing at 9 a.m. Friday.
Projectors were operating again for the 10 to 10:30 p.m. shows.
Some stores in the Tri-Cities lost power for several seconds at a time, leaving shoppers briefly in the dark. One shopper said that getting cash registers working again took some time.
The Benton PUD reported only sporadic power outages in its services areas, with most of them for small groups of customers.
Franklin PUD also had some outages, mostly to the north of Pasco rather than in major residential areas, said Stacey Azure, PUD spokeswoman. Transformers blew, possibly because of nearby lightning.
The Richland Energy Services Department received no reports of outages. Some tree limbs that fell on a line were removed without causing an outage.
The electrical utilities of the Tri-Cities reminded residents after the storm to steer clear of any downed lines. Even if they are not sparking, they may be live.
The storm also was hard on skittish pets, sending them into hiding as thunder rolled.
No major car crashes in the Tri-City area were blamed on the storm, which moved over central Oregon and Washington from south-southwest to north-northeast, according to the weather service.
Lightning and hail was hit and miss in its path, with some areas getting little.
Bend, Ore., was one of the hardest hit places with reports of hail measuring 1.5 to 2 inches.
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