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Strong thunder from small storm in Oregon shakes Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A single lightning strike from a small storm in Oregon and ensuing thunder shook the city of Portland on Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

The flash and explosion was an unexpected “one-hit wonder” that came from a small storm cell, meteorologist Tyler Kranz said. No more lightning was expected.

The 2:13 p.m. rumble prompted social media posts to question whether it was thunder or possibly a meteor.

A lightning detector recorded a single lightning strike at the same time the thunder was reported, Kranz said. It was a positively charged cloud-to-ground flash with a strong current, which caused the unexpected outburst.

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