West Seattle weather: Summer’s first thunderstorm; South Park outage; Westwood collision

(Photo by Brandon Sparks, via Twitter)

10:36 PM: Did you see and/or hear that burst of thunder/lightning? At least it held off until after Alice’s summer-solstice sunless-sunset watch!

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(Added: Photo by Chris Frankovich)

The National Weather Service’s short-term-forecast alert says “isolated thunderstorms” are possible until midnight.

(Added: Photo by Raynea Crittenden, shared via WSB Facebook page)

10:47 PM: Checking the City Light outage map, we see 106 customers in South Park are without electricity, and that it’s blamed on a lightning strike.

11:27 PM: Police and medics are headed for 26th and Barton, where a driver is reported to have hit a pedestrian.

11:32 PM: Emergency crews on scene are calling for a private ambulance, indicating the injuries are not major.

11:41 PM: That’s changed – now scanner traffic indicates the man has a fracture and will be taken to Harborview to be checked out.

11:55 PM: Westbound Barton had been closed but, per scanner, will be reopened shortly. Meantime, in case you’re reading this later and sleeping through the storm, it’s still raining fairly hard after more than an hour.

12:37 AM: And now … the rain has tapered off, at least here, east of Lincoln Park.

4:21 AM Texter says a tree is down across Fairmount Avenue in the 2200 block.

17 Replies to "West Seattle weather: Summer's first thunderstorm; South Park outage; Westwood collision"

  • ACG June 20, 2016 (10:39 pm)

    That was loud!!! Reminds me of the good old heart stopping Midwest thunderstorms of my childhood. 

    • Jon June 21, 2016 (10:24 pm)

      Not quite as loud and fun as the ones back in Tornado Land, but — it’ll do. :)

  • Smokeycretin9 June 20, 2016 (10:46 pm)

    Holy downpour Batman! 

  • Riverview neighbor June 20, 2016 (10:49 pm)

    Yes! Just one bright light and one blast of thunder overhead that sounded and felt like an explosion! Whoa!

    • WSB June 20, 2016 (11:05 pm)

      And just now (11:05 pm) round two …

  • The Truth June 20, 2016 (11:08 pm)

    Round two is awesome!!!

  • Jan VP June 20, 2016 (11:08 pm)

    Another clap of rolling thunder woke me out of sleep. Totally unexpected. 

    • WSB June 20, 2016 (11:11 pm)

      And now I feel really stupid for having taken time to water the plants after returning from covering Alice’s event …

      • Alice June 20, 2016 (11:19 pm)


  • JayDee June 21, 2016 (6:05 am)

    How do you take lightning pix? Time exposure and cross your fingers?

  • JoB June 21, 2016 (7:22 am)

    We watered last night too.. it’s all our fault ;-)

  • AmandaKH June 21, 2016 (10:00 am)

    Any updates on the pedestrian who was hit?  

    • WSB June 21, 2016 (10:27 am)

      I don’t have a name, and without a name, hospitals won’t give out info (even with a name, they won’t, if the patient or family choose HIPAA privacy). SPD decided it didn’t merit TCIS (the squad that investigates fatal/major-injury traffic incidents) so that was one positive sign.

      • AmandaKH June 21, 2016 (2:25 pm)

        Thanks TR – that is “good” news.

  • coffee June 21, 2016 (12:38 pm)

    I was on the scene and the person, a female under the age of 18 was transported to Harborview.  She was speaking as they loaded her into the Ambulance.  The police said something about her having a fracture but nothing more.  She appeared to have a bump on her head too. 

  • LarryB June 21, 2016 (1:04 pm)

    That first blast of lightning hit at exactly the moment I was starting to fall asleep. It was eye-searing. I wound up not being able to fall asleep for another two hours.

  • anonyme June 21, 2016 (2:54 pm)

    That first thunderclap did feel like an explosion.  I thought lightning had struck in my yard.

    ACG, same here.  I miss those amazing midwestern thunderstorms.

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