Parts of the Portland metro area woke up to thunder and lightning Monday, and one lightning strike splintered a tree in north Portland.
The tree is in the front yard of a home in the 7300 block of North Polk Street and was struck at about 5:20 a.m.
The lightning bolt struck the top of the towering cedar tree, causing several tree limbs to come crashing down onto the ground and a nearby home.
No one was injured by the falling limbs and there did not appear to be significant damage to the home.
Neighbors say the family that lives in the house is away on vacation.
Cindy Gray, who lives nearby, says the sound of the lightning hitting the tree was unforgettable.
"I was laying in bed, asleep, and the next thing I know, I heard a 'boom' and then everything shook and then there was, like, a big red flash. I went downstairs and I told my husband. He said, 'Well, of course it's lightning. And, I said, 'No, there's something more going on.' But it was really loud and really scary," Gray says.
There were several reported lightning strikes this morning, but this was the only that caused any damage.
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