It was a light show that would have made any pyrotechnician proud, but the lightning storm last Thursday evening came a little too close for one PoCo resident.
Sometime during the storm, a tree came crashing down onto David Zhu's home on Riverwood Gate.
The PoCo resident said he had just gotten into bed around midnight when he heard a loud bang. When he looked outside, he saw one of the trees from his yard up against the roof of his house.
The next day Zhu got a better chance to assess the situation. Fortunately, no one was hurt, and the tree did minimal damage to the home. It appeared the tree snapped in half, falling toward the home. By Friday, crews were cleaning up the tree, or what was left of it.
Zhu suspects the wind, and not the lightning during the storm, knocked down the tree. Though the homeowner feels lucky his own family wasn't hurt, he suggested had
the tree fallen the other way onto the sidewalk, it could have seriously hurt someone.
Zhu even had a laugh about the incident, joking that he might go out and buy a lottery ticket the next day.
There was no word on whether he bought a winner.
The intense storm knocked out power to 11,000 homes across Metro Vancouver, including parts of Coquitlam and PoCo.
PoCo MLA Mike Farnworth sent out a pair of tweets during the storm: "This is quite the storm, Thor's Hammer is working overtime. Sophie our dog is totally freaked hiding under the computer desk."
"Power is out now here on north side PoCo."
The peak of the storm brought 16 millimetres of rain to downtown Vancouver within an hour.
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