Thunderstorms, heavy rains sock Puget Sound during commute

Thunderstorms, heavy rains sock Puget Sound during commute
Lightning bolt strikes Big Lake. Photo courtesy: Chase Frizzell
SEATTLE -- Well, hello September!

A line of heavy showers and thunderstorms rolled through the Puget Sound region during the evening commute, bringing brilliant lightning and flooding to parts of the region as intense rain overwhelmed storm drains.

Chase Frizzell captured this incredible shot above of a lightning bolt as it struck Big Lake in Skagit County.

Frizzell, a 15-year-old sophomore at Sedro-Woolley High School, lives near Big Lake and said Tuesday's intense storm swept in sometime after 5 p.m.

He said he was inside when he noticed the wind picking up and the sky getting dark. His lights flickered, but he didn't report any prolonged power outages in the area.

Meanwhile, some neighborhoods reported urban flooding, including NW 65th Street in Ballard. Radar estimates suggested about 0.25-0.50" of rain fell in the squall that moved through the Puget Sound region -- perhaps a little more on the Eastside.

Showers are likely from about Seattle north to the Canadian border through the early night then will taper off toward dawn.

On Tuesday evening, the principal of Seattle Fairview Christian School announced the school would be closed Wednesday due to flooding.

Wednesday was supposed to be the first day of school, and a number of parents and faculty members were attending an orientation at the school when the rain began.

The flooding began in a boys bathroom and spread through several areas of the campus. It's unclear how much the flood damage will cost to repair.