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Bay Area Rocked by Lightning Storm

September 9, 1999

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ A rare spectacular lightning and thunderstorm swept through the Bay area today, bringing hail, rain, power outages and rattled windows and nerves.

At its peak Wednesday night, the storm cut power to about 55,000 Pacific Gas & Electric Customers. That figure was down to 9,400 by early today, utility spokeswoman Maureen Bogues said.

The storm, a remnant of Hurricane Greg, touched off hundreds of lightning strikes from San Francisco to the Santa Cruz Mountains, 60 miles north. One bolt knicked a chimney in San Francisco and another in San Jose split a tree, part of which fell onto a house. No injuries were reported.

``This is spectacular,″ said National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Kopps. ``It’s just phenomenal.″

Kopps estimated there hadn’t been such a lightning storm in the area in more than 20 years.

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