NEWS

Lightning storm cleanup begins in B.C.

09/06/2013 02:36 EDT | Updated 11/06/2013 05:12 EST
Residents in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, the Sunshine Coast and the Okanagan are cleaning up today, after a heavy storm hammered the Lower Mainland Thursday night.

According to Environment Canada, some 1159 lightning strikes were recorded across Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, with some areas receiving 20mm of rain in just one hour.

As the weather moved into B.C.'s Okanagan region, thunderstorms produced rainfall rates of more than 10 millimeters per hour and strong winds.

At the storm's height, more than 6,000 BC Hydro customers were without power across the province's South Coast and in the Okanagan.

The power has come back on in Vernon after roughly 2,200 residence had their power knocked out just before 5:30 a.m. PT.

In Port Coquitlam fire crews were called to city hall due to pooling water and in Port Moody, lightning ruptured a natural gas line, forcing about 14 homeowners to evacuate.

The storm was just the latest in a series of electrical storms to hit the South Coast of B.C. in recent weeks.

Did you see the storm? Got any good photos or tall tales? Email us atcbcnewsvancouver@cbc.ca with subject line: BC Storm Photos/Stories

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