Lightning strike topples tree, crashing into car and home: video

Bay Area

ROHNERT PARK, Calif. (KRON) — Lightning strikes caused major damage in the Bay Area overnight Thursday and into Friday morning.

In Rohnert Park, a resident found a huge branch fallen onto their car – the windshield completely smashed.

A tree also fell onto the house after a lightning bolt struck.

A neighbr who was home at the time of the tree falling said it sounded like a bomb exploded.

No one has been reported injured. But the lightning didn’t just impact a singular home. Residents lost power after a tree brought down power lines as well. Crews were able to restore power by 5 a.m.

Aside from damage to homes and vehicles, firefighters have been on alert for any potential fires starting from cloud to ground lightning. A Red Flag Warning was cancelled at 8:30 a.m. on Friday.

The National Weather Service reported at least eight confirmed cloud to ground strikes in Sonoma County on Friday night, but no fires.

According to satellite imagery, most of the thunderstorm activity has been focused over the North Bay, fewer strikes over the interior East Bay.

The storms did bring rainfall to parts of the Bay Area, with showers reported in Sonoma County and San Francisco. Track the rain here.

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