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Lightning strikes Halifax County 911 center

Lightning struck the Halifax County 911 Center located on Cowford Road in Halifax during a storm Friday afternoon.

According to Emergency Services Coordinator Kirby Saunders, the storm hit the center around 4 p.m. and caused a surge in electricity damaging several computers and the phone system.

Kirby said the building, however, showed no evidence it was actually struck by lightning.

The lightning strike at the center is the second in three weeks.

“The 911 Center had the same problem three weeks ago,” Kirby said, adding the dispatch center already was using backup equipment.

Kirby said damage occurred to the radio control system operated by computers, but personnel were able to use backup radios until repairs were made. 

The computer aided dispatch system also was damaged and is currently under repair, Kirby said.

Contractors responded to help make the repairs, and most of the repairs have been made, but it will still be a lengthy repair process, he said.

Damage to the center should have no effect on the public’s safety, Kirby said.