Airfield lighting at the Hilton Head Island Airrport was knocked out temporarily Wednesday night after lightning hit a tree on Dillon Road, sending branches onto power lines and cuttting power to parts of the facility.
Lighting on the runway and taxi-way and power to some of the airfield's equipment was out for about an hour and a half, said Larry Yeager, chief of operations at the Beaufort County Department of Airports.
The strike occurred between 7:30 and 8 p.m. Yeager said the airport continued to operate for about 30 minutes before night fell.
The lighting outage shut down both incoming and outgoing flight after darkness fell, Yeager said.
The outage did not affect the airport's tower or building, he said.
Palmetto Electric cleared the branches and power was restored around 9:25 p.m., Yeager said. He said two flights had to be diverted while the power was out, a private jet to Savannah and a commercial jet to Charleston.
Some flights were canceled as a result of the outage and will be rescheduled, Yeager said. That could lead to delay some flights Thursday morning, he said.