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A map shows lightning strikes in Oregon and Washington from 8 a.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Lightning struck a utility line on the Siletz River estuary crossing early Wednesday morning, causing it to catch fire, damaging a fiber optic cable and disrupting internet and telephone service throughout the county for most of the day. The damage required a local broadband provider to replace its entire river crossing to restore full service.

There were more than 5,200 lightning strikes recorded in the state from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning, mostly in the Willamette Valley and central Oregon, but some as far west as the coast in Lincoln County — something usually seen only a few times per year, and more typically during intense winter storms.

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