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Boise area sees power outages after storm quickly brings heavy rain, lightning and wind

After a clear and sunny day, the Boise area saw a freak thunderstorm quickly spread across parts of Ada County Tuesday evening, leaving behind humid conditions and power outages.

The National Weather Service in Boise issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northwestern portions of Ada County, along with parts of Boise and Gem counties, and a storm just after 6 p.m. brought heavy rain, lightning, wind and hail to the downtown Boise, parts of the county. Bench and North End, and to Meridian, Eagle and other cities. The advisory ended at 7 p.m

More than 2,700 customers in the Boise area, including parts of downtown and on the Bench, were without power due to the weather, according to Idaho Power’s outage map. The disruption was expected to be resolved around 7:30 p.m

Meteorologist Sophia Adams told the Idaho Statesman in a telephone interview “that the worst” of the downpour was over as the center of the storm moved north of Boise to the area of ​​Emmett and Horseshoe Bend. She added that residents should still be on the lookout for possible lightning and high winds.

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Just under an inch of rain fell in about an hour, Adams said.

Major flooding was not a concern for the National Weather Service, although Adams said there could be some “localized flooding.” A large puddle of water at the intersection of 1st and State Streets near St. Luke’s in downtown Boise was a case in point.

A fast-moving storm caused some minor flooding at the intersection of 1st Street and State Street near St. Luke's Health System in downtown Boise on Tuesday evening.

A fast-moving storm caused some minor flooding at the intersection of 1st Street and State Street near St. Luke’s Health System in downtown Boise on Tuesday evening.

Adams said the threat of thunderstorms wasn’t completely over at 7 p.m. because lightning can strike up to 15 miles from a storm’s base. “Remember when the thunder roars, go inside,” she said.

Reporter Nick Rosenberger contributed.

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