LAKE JACKSON — PetCo General Manager Kathy Hartley said shortly after hearing thunder, the store lights went out and a smoky smell emanated from the building Sunday afternoon.
Hartley called police and everyone evacuated the building at 117 West Highway 332 in Lake Jackson, she said.
Clute, Lake Jackson and Richwood fire departments responded to the call at 1:56 p.m. and found the entire building had lost power after lightning struck in the alleyway between PetCo and Hollywood Nails, but no actual fire took place, Lake Jackson Fire Chief Danny Kang said.
No injuries were reported, he said.
Most of Brazoria County experienced rain, tornado warnings and flood advisories throughout the day.
The north and central parts of the county experienced the heaviest rainfall, including West Columbia, Holiday Lakes and Bonney. In the hardest-hit areas, rainfall averaged between 1.5 and 3.5 inches, National Weather Service Meteorologist Melissa Huffman said.
As of Sunday evening, the National Weather Service didn’t receive any reports of flooding or road closures, she said.
“We can’t rule out rain for (today). We’ll see what happens with the cold front. If it stalls, we’ll see some rain linger. If it pushes off the coast, we’ll experience drier weather for a day or two,” Huffman said.
The next best chance for rain is Tuesday, she said.
The Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a funnel cloud touchdown near FM 2611 and CR 659, southwest of Jones Creek, at about 12:05 p.m. Sunday, but no damage was reported, Lt. Varon Snelgrove said.
A tornado was reported in Markham in Matagorda County, but no damage was reported there either, Huffman said.