AUSTIN (KXAN) - A worker for a company based at Austin Bergstrom International Airport was injured by a lightning strike Friday afternoon and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Airport spokesman Jim Halbrook said the man who was not immediately identified was at the Atlantic Aviation site when a lightning bolt struck nearby. The victim was not struck, but he was shaken up.
The General Manager with Atlantic Aviation said the man was treated at the hospital and released a short time later.
The lightning was a slow-moving storm system that crawled across the KXAN viewing area at mid-afternoon. The system produced 29 cloud-t-ground lightning strikes in a 10-minute period. A flash-flood warning was in effect until 6:30 p.m. Heavy rain pounded the downtown and much of the viewing area.
The KXAN Weather Center said the system was tracking west-to-east over the Hill Country and drifting north. There are sightings of what sometimes appeared to be funnel clouds, but the Weather Center said the formations, called "scud clouds," contained no rotation and presented no danger.
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