The National Weather Service says the number is hard to confirm, but some 50,000 lightning strikes were counted over Washington and Oregon over the past 24 hours. The lightning and heavy rain event is unusual for September. An upper low moving inland produced the instability and hours of steady rain.
As of 7:00 a.m. this morning, PDX reports 1.21 inches of total rainfall over the past 24 hours. Salem has 2.25 inches in the bucket! The large area of steady rain will slowly push east out of the metro this morning, meaning the west side will be the first to clear. Areas like Sandy, could easily see additional rainfall of .25 inches. The chance of lightning and stormy weather here in the metro has ended.
Here are a list of rain totals through 7:00 a.m.
PDX 1.21 inches
Oregon City 1.49
The coast saw far less rain:
Astoria .31 inches
Daily rainfall records set Thursday:
Hillsboro .77 inches and McMinnville .67 inches
KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill