Multiple homes catch fire, lightning the cause as storms roll through

Flooding at Bradfield Park in Buda Sept. 4, 2020 (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)

Flooding at Bradfield Park in Buda Sept. 4, 2020 (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)

BUDA, Texas (KXAN) — Two Buda homes caught fire after lightning strikes, and multiple cars crashed while storms rolled through the area Friday morning.

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12:05 p.m.

The Austin Fire Department tweeted to say personnel responded to a home on Twin Valley Drive in west Austin for a report of a lightning strike around 12 p.m.

There was minor damage to the home, AFD said, and no one was injured or displaced as a result.

The Austin Independent School District canceled all outside technology and packet pick-ups Friday due to the weather, according to a tweet. That includes the Computer Curbside pickup locations, district officials said.

11:30 a.m.

Bradfield Village Park flooding Sept. 4

11:20 a.m.

11:15 a.m.

Austin Energy reported at least 29 power outages, with more than 2,000 customers affected. The company said it hoped to have power restored to most by 11:38 a.m.

11 a.m.

The National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio has issued a new flood advisory for Blanco, Comal and Hays counties.

Original story:

The roof of a home on Red Morganite Trail in the Stonefield neighborhood of Buda burned, and a neighbor sent KXAN a photo of what the aftermath of a lightning strike.

A neighbor from across the street from the home that caught fire sent us this photo after lightning hit it.

The Buda Fire Department and Hays County Sheriff’s Office both responded to the scene. A resident declined to talk with a KXAN photojournalist at the scene. Buda fire officials confirmed the home as hit by lightning and that’s what caused the fire. They also said another home had a fire caused by lightning on Garlic Creek Drive. No injuries were reported in either incident, and both happened within about 15 minutes from each other, authorities said.

Buda was hit especially hard by the storms that traveled in from the south, and eventually made their way up to Austin and the surrounding area.

Heavy rain caused flooding and road closures all over Hays, Travis and Williamson counties, and a flash flood warning for portions of the counties is active until 11:30 a.m.

The City of Buda closed Buda Sportsplex and Garrison Park for the remainder of the day due to heavy rain. Tom Green Elementary Road and Campo Del Sol Parkway were both closed due to flooding.

In Travis County, sheriff’s office officials said between 7-9 a.m. it responded to 12 crashes due to heavy rain, most of which were worked simultaneously. For context, officials said they responded to that many crashes in a 24-hour period on Sept. 1, which was the area’s last rain-free day.

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