Heavy rains make for a nightmarish commute home for many drivers. An intense thunderstorm soaked the Tulsa area shortly before rush hour. The rains produced flash flooding, and lightning strikes caused damage as well. The News On 6â€™s Chris Wright reports Tuesday afternoon's storm certainly did not last long, but it caused plenty of problems for those who were stuck in it.
The sudden and intense deluge made for a wet trip home for drivers. One car ended up in a ditch near 63rd and Lewis. The driver of another car found herself trapped in the rising water near 28th and Pittsburg. She was able to get out, but the vehicle is a total loss. Witnesses tell us that an elderly woman was behind the wheel, and besides being shaken by the experience, she was alright.
Lightning strikes also did some damage. Several trees near 21st and Yale lost some limbs. A tree on the corner of 32nd and Louisville split after it was hit. The homeowner says the lightning strike sounded worse than it actually was. While the tree is a loss, it did little damage to the house.
Firefighters also took care of a fire near Newton and Newhaven. They say the fire started in the attic, but they were able to get it under control before it caused any significant damage.
"Witnesses told us it was hit by lightning. It appeared to be a roof and attic fire," said Tulsa Fire Chief Ben Harring.
The storm ended almost as quickly as it began. Less than an hour after it started, the rain ceased, and the flooding subsided.
Authorities are reminding people that during intense storms like Tuesdayâ€™s, if you come across high water, don't drive into it.
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