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.