A lightning storm lit up the night sky south of Victoria on Saturday night, with lightning strikes hitting the ground in Puget Sound and knocking out power to thousands.
The National Weather Service in Seattle said the storm had an estimated 2,200 cloud to ground lightning strikes between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. They say that works out to an estimated 440 strikes per hour, or seven to eight strikes per minute.
Puget Sound Energy reported thousands of customers with outages attributed to lightning on Saturday night. By Sunday afternoon most customers had their power restored.
The storm was visible from the South Island, with locals in Colwood, Langford and Victoria able to take photos of the lightning strikes.