Virus concerns hit Dallas, Columbus as NHL season looms
The NHL said Friday that six Dallas Stars players and two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 in a development that will push back the opener for the defending Western Conference champions by nearly a week. The Columbus Blue Jackets also held a number of players off the ice “out of abundance of caution” in another reminder that the pandemic will likely play havoc with the season opening next Wednesday. Dallas had been set to open the season Jan. 14 at Florida. The Dallas players and staff are self-isloating and the team’s training facilities were closed for the next several days amid contact tracing. The NHL has shortened the regular season to 56 games for each of its 31 teams, who will play only division foes and sometimes multiple times in a matter of a few days.
CPS Energy: 11,426 lightning strikes recorded in San Antonio over past week
SAN ANTONIO This weeks storms were electric, according to CPS Energy. The utility company recorded a total of 11,426 lightning strikes in its service area from May 24 - May 28. As the graphic shows, the National Weather Service issued 88 severe thunderstorm warnings, 10 tornado warnings and 10 flash flood warnings over the past five days in the area. The most lightning came on Memorial Day, according to CPS Energy data, when nearly 6,000 lightning strikes were recorded. Photos: Hail pelts San Antonio as severe storms pass through cityThe active rain pattern came to end on Thursday night, and a much more comfortable weekend lies ahead.
Fire victim: Lightning striking apartment building ‘sounded like a bomb’
SAN ANTONIO – A destructive fire caused by lightning has left eight Northeast Side families struggling to rebuild their lives. 14 adults, 3 children displaced by overnight fire sparked by lightningThe flames that erupted around 2 a.m. Tuesday destroyed an entire building at the Villa Rodriguez apartments, located in the 3400 block of Salado Creek Drive. “Lightning struck, apparently, the roof and on our arrival the fire was through the roof,” said Battalion Chief Will Pritchett with the San Antonio Fire Department. “It was pretty advanced.”Firefighters had to use a ladder truck to extinguish flames that burned through the roof at the Villa Rodriguez apartments. “It sounded like a bomb went off when the lightning hit the top of the building.”Venegas happened to be wide awake, watching television at the time.