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Lightning strikes runway at Texas airport

HOUSTON: Amid severe weather in the southern U.S., a lightning strike struck a runway at William P. Hobby Airport, one of two major airports in the fourth-largest U.S. city of Houston, Texas, according to the Houston Airport System.

Airport authorities immediately closed the runway for repairs, local media ABC 13 reported Monday.

No details about the damage are available so far, Xinhua news agency reports.

Before the lightning strike, both Bush Intercontinental Airport and Houston William P. Hobby Airport had already issued ground stops due to severe thunderstorms in the Houston area.

The ground stops were extended until 7pm local time in Hobby and at least 5.30pm in Bush, the report said.

Today’s severe weather brought dangerous thunderstorms, softball-sized hail, destructive winds and possible tornadoes, as well as flooding threats across the southern U.S. on Monday, sending more than 46 million people from Texas to Florida into panic.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Monday in parts of Mississippi and Alabama, while a tornado warning was issued for the Hattiesburg area of ​​Mississippi, local media reported.

The FOX Forecast Center said the threats for severe weather and flooding this week will not be as high as what has happened in recent weeks.