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Lightning strikes Bay Bridge in midst of dramatic storm

Lightning strikes the Bay Bridge on Thursday night. Photo: ABC Bay Area News

Last night’s impressive thunderstorm has created rivers of rainwater flowing down many Berkeley streets and flooded backyards. The lightning that accompanied the deluge also made for some stunning photographs. The image above is one of several shot by ABC Bay Area News. Phil McGrew also captured the moment the bridge was struck in a photo circulating on Twitter.

Over on SFist, a photo gallery includes a remarkable one of the Golden Gate Bridge being struck.

Some airplanes coming into Bay Area airports took their time landing in the storm last night, and a United Airlines flight which took off at 7:40pm headed for London was forced to dump fuel and make an emergency return to SFO after the plane was struck by lightning.

There were no reports of power disruptions in Berkeley, although some areas, including Concord, did see outages after lines came down.


There’s a 70% chance of more rain today in Berkeley, although it should clear tomorrow and be a dry weekend with sun on Sunday.

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