A motorcyclist traveling south on Interstate 5 in Chehalis was struck by lightning after 9:30 a.m. Thursday, according to the Washington State Patrol, and heavy rain and lightning moved through Thurston County on Thursday afternoon.
In Western Washington, the National Weather Service forecast 1 to 2 inches of rain through Friday, part of a weather system that prompted flood watches until Friday afternoon for Grays Harbor, Clallam, Island, Jefferson, San Juan, Skagit, Whatcom, King, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties.
“It’s going to come in at high intensity rates in short periods of time that will overwhelm storm drains,” said meteorologist Brent Bower.
Seattle weather guru Cliff Mass blogged that a heavy line of showers was expected to cross the Washington-Oregon border about 6 p.m. and by 11 p.m. the heavy rain would be over Puget Sound and Southwest Washington.
The motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital Thursday morning, and later to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
WSP trooper Will Finn said the motorcyclist “seems to be doing well” after the encounter.