Houston’s severe weather today: Hobby Airport runway reopens after lightning strikes shut down for repairs

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Hobby Airport’s runway is back in service Monday evening after a lightning strike forced its closure, according to the Houston Airport System.

A post on Hobby’s social media channels said Runway 13R was closed for repairs due to the strike.

Jim Szczesniak, director of the Houston Airport System, explained in an interview on ABC13’s Live at Five that the strike was at a runway intersection, calling it the worst place to be struck by lightning.

WATCH: ABC13’s Live at Five interview with the director of the Houston Airport System

Lightning struck the runway at Hobby Airport, officials said

According to the airport’s social media posts, repairs began around 4:30 p.m., with officials reopening around 7 p.m.

Prior to the closure, flights at Hobby and Bush airports had already been grounded due to the weather, with ground stops ordered.

At one point during the closing, Hobby Airport flight status The site showed multiple departures scheduled for 4:55 p.m., later pushed back more than three hours. There were also several cancellations.

The airport system prompts passengers to contact airlines for flight status information.

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