Vanderhoof hit by lightning storm

Vanderhoof hit by lightning storm

Vanderhoof hit with quarter size hail

Prince George may have missed the brunt of the hail storms that hit the area yesterday afternoon, Vanderhoof to the west did not.

  • Aug. 13, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Prince George may have missed the brunt of the hail storms that hit the area yesterday afternoon, Vanderhoof to the west did not.

Vanderhoof Superintendent of Public Works, Paul Carver says the storm hit with a vengeance at 1:30 pm. on Aug. 8.

Hail, up to the size of a quarter, pelted the area around the community playing havoc with flower beds and gardens.

Carver says “we had an awful lot of rain in a short period of time and so we will be busy today cleaning up the washouts along the streets, but beyond that we didn’t suffer major damage to our community”.

On the hills, both north and south of town, hail up to three inches deep covered the ground during the half hour storm.

The only incident in which the fire department was called out was when lightning struck a hay pile creating a fire, which was brought under control by the Vanderhoof fire department.

Carver says, “I haven’t been in Vanderhoof all that long, but this storm was one of the worst I’ve seen in my time”.