A Green Lake church was damaged Saturday afternoon after it was struck by lightning, said Seattle Fire Department officials. The incident happened at the Bethany Community Church in the 1100 block of North 80th Street before 5 p.m.
When firefighters arrived, they found a 2-foot by 4-foot hole above the altar. Fire officials said there was no fire but the electricity was knocked out.
Lightning strikes kill power in Ravenna, 25th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 75th, also at Green Lake Drive North and Northeast 80th Street.
Short-term forecast issued within the hour:
SHORT TERM FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
326 PM PDT SAT MAR 29 2014
A LINE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS WILL TRACK NORTHEAST THROUGH BREMERTON AND SEATTLE THROUGH 430 PM. THESE SHOWERS MAY PRODUCE BRIEF HEAVY DOWNPOURS…CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING STRIKES AND SMALL HAIL.