Issaquah

Woman blown across deck when lightning strikes nearby tree

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ISSAQUAH, Wash. -- An Issaquah woman in her 70s is in the hospital with a broken hip after a nearby lightning strike from Wednesday night's thunderstorms knocked her over.

The woman was out on her deck moving some plants around when a bolt of lightning struck a nearby 200-foot-tall tree, family members said. The tree exploded and fell on the house and the deck, while the force of the blast blew the woman backwards, knocking her over and breaking her hip.

She was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, wood debris from the tree was jammed into the family's home in the 6800 block of 272nd Ave. SE., causing quite a bit of damage.

The evening thunderstorms also struck a home in Sammamish that was powerful enough to knock the electrical meter off the back of the home.

The current passed into the ground, rupturing a buried gas line 100 feet away and causing flammable gas to spew into the air. Crews responded to the scene and found two leaks from the gas main deep underground and repaired the leak. No one there was hurt.