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Washington state recorded over 1,000 lightning strikes in three hours Saturday night


Lightning flashes in the sky beyond Husky Stadium during a weather delay in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game between Washington and California, Saturday in Seattle. Fans were directed to seek shelter in nearby buildings due to severe weather in the area. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

Talk about some striking weather!

About 1,250 lightning strikes were recorded Saturday night during a storm in Washington state that caused widespread power outages.


Strong thunderstorms brought lightning, heavy rains, flooding and hail to the Puget Sound region. The National Weather Service said it notched 1,250 lightning strikes between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. local time with 200 occurring in the Seattle metro area from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m alone.

Seattle City Light said the storm caused power outages to over 4,500 customers at its peak.

The storm also delayed a football game between the University of Washington and University of California in Seattle and closed the state fair in Puyallup.