Forecasters predicted dry lightning, but Taft got a pretty heavy shower.
Lightning struck again in Taft, lighting up the Friday night sky with a spectacular lightning show but brining an early end to the Taft Union High School homecoming game at Martin Memorial Stadium.
As the storm moved towards Taft in the first half of the football game against Corcorann High School, fans in the stands on the west side of the bleachers started “oohing” and “ahhing” to the bright flashes to the east.
But just before halftime, the officials met with coaches and school officials and called a 30-minute lightning delay at about 8 p.m.
There were 30 seconds left in the first half.
As the storm moved closer, the officials met again and, 19 minutes after the delay was called, the game was called due to the lightning and the fame, players, band and cheerleaders were sent home.
The game will not be replayed, Taft High Athletic Director Marsha Eubank said.
The storm brought a surprisingly heavy rain shower to Taft just after 9 p.m. and several strikes hit in town. There were some power outages reported.
Firefighters responded to several grass fires in the area.
The inclement weather first came up just before 5 p.m. when lightning ignited a small fire in the hills northwest of Maricopa. Later, another small fire started on top of the west end of 25 Hill.
As the Taft High homecoming parade started, flashes of lightning were visible to the south. A few minutes later, as the homecoming queen candidates came onto the field, rumbles of thunder were heard.
Friday's storm was the second in two weeks.
On Sept. 10, a predawn storm brought lightning and a few drops of rain, but another storm in the evening dropped .40 inches of rain in Taft.