Huge Thunderstorm Hits City
A huge thunderstorm hit Oulu on Sunday, marked by winds, lightning strikes and torrential rain.
Winds in the Oulu region were measured at 25 metres per second. A number of villages in the region had their electricity knocked out during the storm including Haapavesi, Kalajoki and Vihanti. The storm was a Finland-wide phenomenon and the Finnish Meteorology Office have reported that were 19,600 lightning strikes nationwide.
This does not even approach the record of 40,000 flashes during a storm in June 1988.
And it seems that Oulu got off lightly, with the thunderstorm in Turku being far more powerful leaving thousands of people without power in parts of southern Finland.