September 6, 2013 8:25 am
Updated: September 6, 2013 8:30 am

Storm rolls through Metro Vancouver with heavy rain and hundreds of lightning strikes (photos)

Both sides of the storm. Credit: Ted Morgan


An intense storm system hit parts of the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver on Thursday night.

There were more than 200 lightning strikes across the region, and people reported trees exploding, flooding on major roadways, and pounding rain.

In Port Moody, 10 homes were evacuated on Arrow Wood Place after lightning struck a gas line.

Many flights were delayed tonight at Vancouver International Airport due to the lightning, and it took a few hours for operations to resume.

AT 10 p.m. more than 6,000 people in the Lower Mainland are without power due to the weather.

Watch: 90 seconds of dramatic storm video

North Vancouver resident Donna Sorenson said a tree that was hit by lightning hit their home.

Credit: Donna Sorenson

She said the tree just went through the en-suite window then fell beside the house, but there are parts of tree shards everywhere. However, the most important thing is that no one was hurt.

Jeff Forsythe, a resident of Maple Ridge, said the storm started about 3 p.m. where he lives and the rain, thunder and lightning didn’t let up for hours.

Environment Canada issued a rainfall warning for the Fraser Valley, with total rainfall amounts of 30 with up to 50 mm in embedded thunderstorms overnight through Friday.

Anchor Steve Darling said the golf course in Northview, Surrey, was evacuated at about 4 p.m. on Thursday night due to the lightning in the area.

Viewer Jeff Sakata took these photos on the 10th hole at the Fort Langley golf course for the Jimmy Mac’s Pub tournament. Lightning hit a tree.

WATCH: Coquitlam lightning shot by cameraman Al Coen:

Forsythe took this video in Maple Ridge and sent it to us:

Here are some photos submitted by our viewers:

WATCH: Port Moody pounding rain

WATCH: More heavy rain in Maple Ridge:

Officials say an upper low pressure centre situated off the Oregon coast will move northward overnight and Friday.

WATCH: The rain was just too much for the storm drains in New Westminster:

A rainfall warning has also been issued for the Similkameen and the south Okanagan, including Penticton.

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