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(West Plains) – A lightning strike during Monday evening’s storms caused a power outage and a fire in the city of West Plains.

A transformer off of Missouri Avenue in West Plains was struck by lightning just after 9 PM, which caused a power outage in the immediate area. The lightning strike also caused a fire just behind the Howell County Sheriff’s Office. Fortunately, the heavy rains kept the fire in check, and it was out a short time later.

Power was out for a couple of hours before being restored.

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