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Lightning strikes two Victoria homes during storm

By ALLISON MILES
Nov. 2, 2010 at 6:02 a.m.
Updated Nov. 3, 2010 at 6:03 a.m.


ForecastWednesday will bring scattered showers. Skies will be cloudy, with a high temperature near 61.

North-northwest wind will blow between 15 and 22 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

Source: National Weather Service

School struckParts of Cade Middle School were without power Tuesday morning.

"Lighting struck a pole which caused fuses and a transformer to go out," said Principal Lisa Blundell.

Students remained in the cafeteria and gym until about 10 a.m. when power returned.

No one was injured when lightning struck two Victoria homes Tuesday morning.

The Victoria Fire Department got the first report of a strike at 3:01 a.m. at a home in the 400 block of Kingwood Drive, said Roger Hempel, fire department battalion chief.

Lightning struck the home's roof and started a small fire, but crews cleared the scene at 4:56 a.m.

The second call, for a home in the 100 block of Idylwood, came in at 3:41 a.m., Hempel said. Crews were finished by 4:39 a.m.

Both homes experienced electrical damage and power was shut off until electricians could make repairs.

Otherwise, the fire department received calls about arcing wires throughout the night, but did not experience other storm-related problems, he said.

The overnight storm brought .73 inches of rain to Victoria, said Andrew Kennedy, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi.

A majority of the showers came between 3 and 5 a.m. at the Victoria Regional Airport, he said, although some moisture continued between 3 and 6 a.m.

The weather service did not receive reports of flooding in Victoria, Kennedy said, explaining the rainfall wasn't substantial and the region recently experienced dry conditions.

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