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Washington state lightning strikes: 1,250 recorded within three hours

CNN logo CNN 9/8/2019 By Artemis Moshtaghian, CNN
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About 1,250 lightning strikes were recorded in western Washington state during a storm that caused widespread power outages Saturday night, the National Weather Service said.

A strong line of thunderstorms developed over western Washington, bringing frequent lightning, heavy rains, flooding and hail to the Puget Sound region, according to the National Weather Service's office in Seattle.

TOPSHOT - Lightning strikes during an electrical storm over Port-au-Prince on June 25, 2019. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP)        (Photo credit should read CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images) © CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images TOPSHOT - Lightning strikes during an electrical storm over Port-au-Prince on June 25, 2019. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images)

The 1,250 lightning strikes were between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. local time, it said. Of those, 200 were recorded in the Seattle metro area from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

At its peak, the lightning storm caused power outages to over 4,500 customers, according to Seattle City Light.

The storm caused a delay in the football game between University of Washington and UC Berkeley at Husky Stadium. It also caused an early closure of the Washington State Fair in Puyallup.

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