WATCH: Storm Hammers the Pajaro Valley

Thunder and lightning took over the night, power lines were knocked down and rain pummeled Watsonville.

Watsonville was battered with a bizarre spring storm late Thursday and into Friday, but other than some scared pets and muddy fields, the area appeared unscathed as skies lightened Friday morning.

A good portion of Santa Cruz County and the Peninsula saw scattered storms with a lot of lightening Thursday, National Weather Service forecaster Diana Henderson said.

In the Pajaro Valley, Patch readers from up on Freedom Boulevard to East Lake Avenue reported getting doused with rain late Thursday.

"Lovin it!!!!! Thunder and lightning going off like crazy now, with serious pouring rain!" Dewey Garrett Jr. wrote in.

Early Friday, power lines went down on Dick Phelps Road and on Freedom Boulevard near Hames Road, according to PG&E. But there were no significant power outages by the time most people woke up Friday morning.

The National Weather Service recorded 750 lightning strikes overnight in the area extending from the North Bay to Monterey County, an unusually high number for one storm, according to meteorologist Chris Stumpf. That total includes strikes that occurred off the coast.

Several areas saw new records set for rainfall on Thursday, breaking previous records set in 2003, Stumpf said. In Watsonville, Patch blogger and amateur meteorologist Steve Withrow .

The thunderstorms caused delays of one to two hours for flights at San Francisco International Airport, an airport duty manager said.

One plane, bound for London, was struck by lightning while flying over the ocean. That flight, United Airlines Flight 930 destined for Heathrow Airport, left at 7:35 p.m., but was struck by lightning returned to San Francisco at 10 p.m., duty manager Nancie Parker said. No passengers were injured in the lightning strike, Parker said.

Mostly coastal flights have been affected by the stormy weather. Airport officials expected service to resume on schedule Friday morning. 

Henderson said the thunderstorms are expected to continue Friday morning and the Bay Area will likely see more isolated showers throughout the day Friday.

"By Saturday it should be fine," she added.

Highs are expected to be in the mid 50s, with lows in the mid 40s. Partly cloudy skies are expected on Saturday. Highs are likely to be in the upper 50s, according to the National Weather service.

—Bay City News contributed to this report.

Robert April 13, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Jennifer Squires April 13, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Catching lightning on video is tough. It's great Paul shared this. Did you get anything better?
Robert April 13, 2012 at 08:35 PM
There was TONS of lightning last night. With video, should not have been hard at all. If I had a better video camera than my cell phone, I would have gave it a shot. But yes, I did see much better displays than that and like I said, TONS of it. My point is if the video sucks, why put it up?? Compared to the storm last night, that was a very disappointing video.
randy April 13, 2012 at 09:57 PM
ROBERT.. Put up or shut up. I don't see you posting a video. Yes, there is better but WHERE? My yard was light up like a bright hanks Paul for sharing. This post is the opinion of the poster
randy April 13, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Sorry.. computer stuttered. It was light up like a bright light. Thanks Paul for sharing.
Robert April 14, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Randy, that is so stupid. The video really did suck. I don't have to put up a video to say how sucky the video was. Your loyalty to Paul is noted. But really, videos like that just make Watsonville look like the small one-horse town it is. Criticism is valid whether I put up a video or not. Are you telling me that ROGER and EBERT, the Movie Critics MUST MAKE a MOVIE so their criticism is valid??? See?? S-T-U-P-I-D. Now there, I put up and you can now shut up but go on. You will get the verbal lashing of your life if you continue. LOL!!
randy April 14, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Robert.. give me the verbal lashing of my life. Paul was the one that posted lightening. NOt YOU. It was a storm of storms in our city/county. So what difference does it make. Do me a favor.. just back of and admit that it was the ONLY pictures.
Robert April 14, 2012 at 02:48 AM
ok folks, I don't got VIDEO but I did take some photos of something very interesting happening in Watsonville, all over the USA and indeed the world. You probably have no clue what is it but if you look up, you will see it and it is NOT NATURAL. Now, lemme figure out how to post these photos so you can talk trash about them and the topic. Then I will give rebuttal and show everyone how stupid you are if you dare take me up on it.
randy April 14, 2012 at 02:52 AM
hehehe. yeah robert.
Robert April 14, 2012 at 03:32 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ONpJ2dw5G0&feature=related This is worthy of posting for that 4/12/12 storm-not mine but still far better than Paul's, You shouldn't waste people's time with sucky videos. This is not some pecker-grade video like original posting. Keep biting. Your snout will be sore soon.
Robert April 14, 2012 at 03:35 AM
WHY it SUCKS. Wall on right is covering like 30% of the outside. Like he is afraid to get a better shot/angle. You cannot see Lightning well, just the glow from it. The Youtube video I posted you can see a nice long stretch of lightning. Go big or STAY HOME.
Jennifer Squires April 14, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Hey Robert, post your own photos right there where it says "upload photos and videos." It's pretty simple to "figure out," so please, share.
randy April 14, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Thanks for posting San Francisco... by 70Finster There is also a youtube of lightening hitting the golden gate bridge... Not Watsonville though. Paul thanks again.
Robert April 14, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Jennifer, Randy: you're really showing how ignorant you are. I don't care if the video is from San Francisco or Watsonville-the youtube video was shown as an example of a cool video worth watching!! My point was Paul's video is PATHETIC and he should've just left it on his phone or camera. Once again, Paul's video makes Watsonville look like the Po-Dunk town it is. It is a valid criticism, and just because I don't have my own video or just because the FINE example is from SF youtube .... my point is to call people on BS pathetic videos whether they are from Watsonville or NOT. So according to Jennifer/Rand, you can NEVER criticize anything unless you have your own example of it. So if you go to a restaurant and the food SUCKS. You cannot say "that food SUCK". You must FIRST make a plate of that Thai or French food then you can say "It SUCKS!" Small towns, small minds. Friggin' LAME. Criticism has a valid role in society and normal people should not be treated with sissy-gloves. I really hate the softie socialist mentality. It makes people weak, stupid, and incompetent.
randy April 14, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference. ~Author unknown, attributed to Mark Twain (with that,,, I am out of this .. Paul.. thanks again)
Robert April 14, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Cut and RUN Randy, because the CAVALRY is here. LOL. I posted my six original photos (and JOY!!! my photos are IN/FROM Watsonville!!!!!) Now the other ones by others are from Monterey and San Jose etc, CA. My photos were taken by cell phone. The very DARK one (volcanic plume looking thing) was taken LATE in he evening so the image is CELL-PHONE quality. Okay, the trap is SET....
Robert April 14, 2012 at 08:18 PM
DOCUMENTARY. NOTE, there are people confronting YOUR CONGRESS And they will NOT face up to the MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, aka the Beast Global Govt. http://www.whatintheworldaretheyspraying.info/
Robert June 17, 2012 at 08:05 AM


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