Lightning strikes two Victoria homes during storm


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

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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