A powerful lightning storm unleashed more than 300 ground strikes, damaged 30 utility transformers, left 17,000 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers and most of Sonora in darkness, and ignited more than a dozen vegetation fires in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties Saturday evening.
Anyone who was in downtown Sonora for Second Saturday Art Night festivities will not be surprised that some business owners estimate they lost thousands of dollars in business due to the timing of the storm that hit before sundown, as bolts of lightning exploded, brief but intense downpours came down, and outages knocked out power on the west side of Washington Street, all while multiple live music performances were underway inside and outside several businesses.
Alice J. Roden started working for Trending Insurance News at the end of 2021. Alice grew up in Salt Lake City, UT. A writer with a vast insurance industry background Alice has help with several of the biggest insurance companies. Before joining Trending Insurance News, Alice briefly worked as a freelance journalist for several radio stations. She covers home, renters and other property insurance stories.