Lightning strikes, shuts down runway in Keystone Heights


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CLAY COUNTY, Fla. - Lightning struck a runway at Keystone Heights Airport during a thunderstorm on July 5 and closed it down.

Maria Gall, Keystone Heights Airport Manager, said the lightning left a gash that was bigger than 10 feet wide.

The airport has two runways, and the main one is still operating.

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The Florida Department of Transportation says the repairs will cost more than $10,000 thousand. The repairs to the runway are expected to begin soon.

The runway is expected to reopen at the end of August, Gall said.