Thunderstorm causes fire

A brush fire caused by a lightning strike burns along West Quinn Road in Pocatello late Saturday night.

Thunderstorms took a toll on Southeast Idaho overnight, causing multiple widespread power outages and a brush fire.

Over 1,100 Idaho Power customers in Pocatello, Chubbuck, the Fort Hall Reservation and between American Falls Reservoir and Pocatello were still without electricity as of 2:30 a.m. Sunday because of lightning strikes from the thunderstorms that began barreling through Southeast Idaho on Saturday night.

Idaho Power expected to have power restored to everyone by 3 a.m. Sunday.

At their peak late Saturday night, the thunderstorms had knocked out power to over 3,600 Idaho Power customers in Southeast Idaho, including about 100 west of Blackfoot who had their electricity restored in about an hour.

The most serious of the power outages occurred around 11:20 p.m. Saturday when a lightning strike in the 1700 block of West Quinn Road in north Pocatello brought down power lines and caused a brush fire.

Police temporarily shut down West Quinn Road between Henderson and Philbin roads while Pocatello firefighters extinguished the flames.

We have not received any reports that the brush fire damaged any structures or caused evacuations.

It also does not appear that the thunderstorms caused any injuries in Southeast Idaho.

The National Weather Service issued multiple special weather alerts on Saturday night about the incoming thunderstorms.

The storms continued until early Sunday morning.