Houston airport runway struck by lightning during severe weather in U.S. South

Houston Airport Runway Struck by Lightning Amid Severe Weather in U.S. South

14th May 2024 – (Houston) On Monday afternoon, a lightning strike targeted a runway at William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas, as severe weather conditions engulfed the U.S. South. The Houston Airport System confirmed the incident, which prompted immediate closure of the affected runway for necessary repairs, as reported by local media outlet ABC 13. The extent of the damage caused by the lightning strike remains undisclosed at this time.

Prior to the incident, both Bush Intercontinental Airport and Houston William P. Hobby Airport had already implemented ground stops due to the presence of severe thunderstorms in the Houston area. The ground stops were extended until 7 p.m. local time at Hobby Airport and at least 5:30 p.m. at Bush Intercontinental Airport, according to the report.

The ongoing severe weather conditions have brought hazardous thunderstorms, large hailstones, destructive wind gusts, possible tornadoes, and flooding threats to the U.S. South. This has placed over 46 million people from Texas to Florida on high alert.

Reports from local media indicate that severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in parts of Mississippi and Alabama on Monday. Additionally, a tornado warning was issued for the Hattiesburg area in Mississippi.

The FOX Forecast Center has stated that the severity of this week’s extreme weather and flooding threats is not anticipated to reach the levels experienced in recent weeks.