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.
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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.