A lightning bolt struck a palm tree in Chula Vista near the intersection of Claire and I streets at about 3 p.m. on Thursday. The bolt then traveled down the tree and burst a water main beneath the street. The blast was so powerful that it blew out windows in at least three nearby homes. Source: Lightning Blasts Neighborhood | NBC San Diego
Over 1,000 people were without power Friday morning after some wild weather that might not be over just yet.
“Due to the weather, we are experiencing more power outages than typical. We are monitoring the situation,” SDG&E said on it’s website. Click here for outage information.
More showers and thunderstorms are possible Friday and Saturday. It has also been a foggy start to the morning and is expected to last through 9 a.m.
“Local visibility will be less than a quarter of a mile at times in the San Diego County coastal areas, affecting sections of Interstate 5,” the National Weather Service reported.
There were over 1,000 lightning strikes Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. They were widespread from the coast to the desert, moving towards the northwest. At one point during the day, 30,000 homes had lost power, SDG&E said.
Lightning struck a palm tree near the intersection of Claire and I streets in Chula Vista at about 3 p.m. The bolt traveled down the tree and burst a water main beneath the street. The blast was so powerful that it blew out windows in at least three nearby homes.
“I was frightened, I didn't know what was going on, all I could understand was that there was something on fire,” said Chula Vista resident Becky Humerick. “Water was pouring into our garage and our windows are broken here and around the corner on our bedroom window.”
Employees at the scene said they have never seen a water main damaged in that way.
An office worker at the Public Utilities Department in downtown caught lightning on tape and what appears to be a funnel cloud at about 11 a.m. At the same time and a few blocks away, NBC photographer Alejendro Alejandre shot lightning strikes with a digital camera. He said thunder set off car alarms nearby.
In University Heights, lightning hit a tree next to a home, sending a woman fleeing outside with her 2-month old baby. The house was fine but the tree was a bit burned.
A neighbor, Dante Dunaway, 24, heard it and ran to help.
"It sounded like a bunch of cars crashing into each other and then a loud boom. The whole living room just lit up," Dunaway said.
Traffic was also pretty rough, as usual when it rains, but was made worse in the South Bay after a jackknifed big rig that spilled jet fuel across Interstate-805 shutdown the northbound lanes for hours.