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Storm damages Vancouver neighborhood, lightning splits tree

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

Sunday night's thunderstorm put on an incredible show around the Portland metro area and into Vancouver.

One neighborhood spent most of the day Monday cleaning up after lightning split a redwood tree in half.

Charlotte Purcell still can't get the sound of her head from the storm.

“Cars being hit with debris from the tree, windows were blown out from the boom, it was loud,” said Purcell.

She said damage could be seen from a two-block radius.

When the tree split, several big branches came crashing down causing some damage to her roof that was just replaced after a recent remodel.

As neighbors spent most of the day cleaning up, neighbor Anita Shepler was trying to get her power back on.

“There were sparks coming from our outlets, so at this point we're not sure what happened. We are totally without power," she said.

Shepler said she was working with her husband in their shop when the storm moved in.

The shock to her house was so strong it left black marks around several of her outlets. It's going to be another three to five days before the electricity is restored to her house.

Shepler believes just the electrical work to her house will cost close to $6,000 to repair.

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