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Wild summer storm sweeps across Vancouver

A wild summer storm swept across the Lower Mainland Thursday night, leaving many without power as thunder, lightning and heavy rains pelted the Metro Vancouver area.

Some 1159 lightning strikes recorded across Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley

Thunder, lightning and rain swept across Lower Mainland Thursday 1:12

A wild summer storm swept across the Lower Mainland Thursday night, leaving many without power as thunder, lightning and heavy rains pelted the Metro Vancouver area.

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.

A lightning alert was in effect at the Vancouver airport, causing many delayed or cancelled flights, but operations resumed after the lightning passed.

At the storm's height, more than 6,000 BC Hydro customers were without power, including Hastings Street in Burnaby.

The Okanagan region reported localized flooding and erosion and electricity was knocked out to some 2200 residences in downtown Vernon.

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 leave their houses.

Port Moody resident Rod Milne said lightning struck the tree at the edge of his neighbours' yard, behind his house.

"It blew chunks of the tree into our yard, destroying some of the furniture and then there was a surge," he said.

"Apparently that happened at the same time through our house, which seems to have ruptured the gas line underneath our driveway."

The storm subsided in Vancouver around 8 p.m. PT Thursday, leaving behind rainbows and a gorgeous sunset.

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