Lightning strikes tree at Sacramento Fire Department station
A severe thunderstorm warning issued mid-afternoon Wednesday by the National Weather Service was lifted at 4:15 p.m., but rain was expected to continue into the evening in the Sacramento region.
Shortly before 6 p.m., some of the heaviest rain was occurring in the downtown Sacramento area, said Nathan Owen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The total rainfall for the 24-hour period was 0.65 inches downtown, but was expected to increase during the evening.
The afternoon thunderstorm warning affected portions of Sacramento, El Dorado and Amador counties, including Fair Oaks, Rancho Cordova, Ione, Rancho Murieta, Latrobe, Sheldon, Soughhouse and Gold River.
The National Weather Service reported that the storm produced rain and hail of up to a half-inch and winds up to 40 mph. A rain gauge in Rancho Cordova measured 0.82 inches between 3 and 4 p.m. Some of heaviest rain occurred in the Rancho Cordova, Florin, Sloughhouse and Elk Grove areas, Owen said
Most of the Sacramento region received some precipitation during the afternoon, he said.
Funnel clouds were reported near Sloughhouse and Plymouth, but Owen said there were no reports that they touched down.
The Sacramento Fire Department reported that during the storm lightning struck a redwood tree at Sacramento Fire Station 7 at 6500 Wyndham Drive in south Sacramento. No injuries were reported, according to the fire department.
The weather service reported Wednesday night that there were 737 lightning strikes in the Sacramento area.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District reported scattered outages due to the storm.
The rain is expected to clear out overnight, giving way to mostly sunny skies Thursday and highs around 80 degrees.