Posted: Jul 18, 2014 8:21 AM
Updated: Jul 18, 2014 8:21 AM
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Heavy rain in parts of Texas has flooded roads, left campers stranded and forced evacuation of a hotel during a weather-related fire.
San Antonio firefighters early Friday responded to a lightning strike at a Holiday Inn.
Investigators say lightning blew a hole in the roof. The estimated 50 guests were safely evacuated and the fire extinguished.
Austin-Travis County EMS reports about a dozen campers on an island in the Colorado River needed help Friday after their boats floated away during flooding. A helicopter safely transported the men to land.
Forecasters say the Austin and San Antonio areas recorded nearly 3 inches of rain since Thursday night, prompting street flooding. Storms earlier Thursday swamped some North Texas roads.
About 11,000 CPS Energy customers in the San Antonio area lost electricity Friday.