According to information from Karnes County Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva, lightning struck, not just once, but twice at a saltwater disposal facility located on the outskirts of Kenedy near the intersection of State Highway 72 and State Highway 239.
The lightning strikes, which happened in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 4, set fire to two fiberglass storage tanks and a small office building located at the site.
No injuries were reported and Kenedy and Karnes City volunteer firefighters worked together to bring the fires under control.
On Saturday night, March 8, an 18-wheeler jackknifed on U.S. Highway 181 at a location north of Karnes City due to slick pavement resulting from local rainfall. The highway was shut down for one to two hours before the 18-wheeler could be moved from the scene allowing traffic to pass safely.
At about the exact same time, State Highway 239 was shut down due to an 18-wheeler who attempted to make a U-turn and became stuck in the mud, blocking traffic in both directions. The highway was closed for about 90 minutes before emergency crews could move the 18-wheeler, allowing traffic to pass.