Guests Evacuated After Lightning Hits Texas Hotel

SAN ANTONIO (July 18, 2014) Storms in parts of Texas flooded roads, left campers stranded, and forced the evacuation of a hotel.

San Antonio firefighters responded early Friday to a Holiday Inn where lightning blew a hole in the roof.

About 50 guests were safely evacuated and the fire was extinguished.

Austin-Travis County EMS reported that 13 campers on an island in the Colorado River were evacuated Friday because of concerns their canoes and kayaks could not safely navigate the fast-moving water.

A helicopter was used to ferry the men to land.

Forecasters say the Austin and San Antonio areas have received nearly 3 inches of rain since Thursday night, causing street flooding.

Storms earlier Thursday swamped some North Texas roads.

About 10,000 CPS Energy customers in the San Antonio area were without electricity Friday.

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