A severe thunderstorm that passed over Edmond mid-afternoon Wednesday produced strong winds and drenching rains — and a break from the heat.
Local first responders were busy on a variety of weather-related calls including electrical lines down and a call about an odor of smoke coming from within a dining hall on the University of Central Oklahoma campus, said Edmond Fire Battalion Chief Shawn Horn.
At 3:37 p.m., during the storm, crews responded to the campus, where they learned water running down a vent pipe interacted with an electrical source, Horn said.
At 4:46 p.m., fire personnel responded to a call about a lightning strike on a home in the 2500 block of Crestwood Drive, Horn said. When they arrived, they found a hole in the roof but no visible flames, he said.
At 5:53 p.m., the temperature was 88 degrees at the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport, according to the National Weather Service. Earlier in the day, it was near 100 degrees in the area.
Edmond had a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms until 2 a.m. today and a 20 percent chance before 2 p.m. Thursday, when skies are expected to be mostly sunny, producing a high near 99 with heat index values up to 106.
The forecast called for highs in the upper 90s on Friday and Saturday and in the low 90s on Sunday with no chances for precipitation.
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