Lightning knocks out power to thousands of customers

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Thousands of homes were without power Thursday after lightning from a thunderstorm hit a transmission line.

Springfield Utility Board said 12,000 customers were without power after lightning struck a transmission line.

The lightning was part of a series of thunderstorms that marched across the region, hitting the Eugene/Springfield area just before 5 a.m. and continuing north through the early morning hours, the National Weather Service said.

SUB officials said their crews restored service by about 7 a.m. Thursday.

Still, many Springfield residents called this morning's storm a rude awakening.

"Just boom... you could feel the house vibrate," said Springfield-resident Gwinn Price. "Especially that one before the power went must've hit something ... I don't know what"

James Lemmon didn't have power, and he said that threw off his morning routine.

"I couldn't get up and read my paper about 4 o'clock. I had to wait and just finished it up just now," Lemmon said.