Wednesday Nights Thunderstorm Rips off Roofs and Cuts Power and Water to Customers
— Moses Lake, WA
Wednesday nights thunderstorm was something residents weren’t expecting.
Wednesday morning at 8:00 the national weather service alerted the counties of Grant, and Adams of a severe thunderstorm that will be moving into the area that day.
Doppler Radar picked up a strong moving cell from the southwest moving at 35mph bringing with it damaging winds and heavy downpours with cloud to ground lightning.
One Moses Lake resident reaches out to MLWA 7 and told us about her parents home’s condition after the storm.
“We were hit by the storm. Lightning struck our tree and damaged our house.” stated Kimberlee Nelson.
In her home she also said that they have two holes in their roof with cracked walls and no running water or electricity. After the storm Kimberlee Nelson is still without electricity and water. With a child who is dependent on oxygen at night.
Nelson has created a Go Fund Me page to help restore her parents roof. In the Go Fund Me page she states,
“During the storm lightning struck a tree on my parents property and split the tree. The tree fell on the roof causing damage to the roof and interior structure damage.” So far they have raised $75 and have a target goal of $6,000, if anyone has any questions you can contact Kimberlee Nelson at +1(509)770-1745.
If you would like to help the Nelson family we have attached the link below.
Across town there is still evidence of the storms presence. At the bottom of the Division St Hill there is a small downed tree clipped by the strong winds. With snapped branches and blown leaves across some residential streets.
Some residents took the opportunity to capture the beauty of the storm. Russell Reed captured the cloud to ground lightning strikes at his residence outside of Moses Lake.
According to Grant PUD there are still customers without power in the Moses Lake and Warden area. They stated that the cause of the power outages are due to the fall of branches onto the power lines as well as lightning related issues.