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Lightning strikes tree, homes damaged in Aloha

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A weather system that brought thunder and lightning to the Portland metro area has left its mark on two westside homes.

Just after 11 a.m. Sunday, in the midst of rolling thunder, lightning struck a large tree in the 18700 block of Southwest Hunnig Court in Aloha.

A large chunk of the tree fell and landed on two adjacent homes .

No one was hurt.

"It was pure chaos for a while," said Karen Lund, who lives in one of the damaged homes. "I didn't know what to do."

Lund said she was at home when two big tree branches crashed through her living room ceiling, damaging dozens of pieces of furniture inside.

"If it would have been a normal day, it would have come through the ceiling and nothing would have been bothered," she said. "But we had everything from two bedrooms in this room. That was the bad thing."

Lund and her husband are in the process of remodeling two bedrooms and were storing furniture in the living room. All of it was damaged. Lund and her husband had to get a hotel because she said the tree also damaged her home's electrical system.

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the scene to assess the damage and to address safety concerns.

A tree service removed what remained of the tree Sunday afternoon.

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