VIDEO: Lightning ignites palm on RCC campus

UPDATE: The phone lines are currently down as of 7:16 p.m. Members of the Viewpoints staff noticed that there was not a dial tone on the newsroom phones. Staff members also called several campus related phone numbers including the main office number for the Riverside City College campus, only to hear a busy tone.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Lightning struck a palm tree on campus at Terracina Drive between the Wheelock Gym and the Art Building at 4:30 p.m. The palm tree ignited immediately, but was quickly drenched by the pouring rain.

By the time the firemen had arrived at 4:43 p.m. the tree was predominantly extinguished by the rain.

The rainstorm stopped at 4:50 p.m. as firemen left the scene several minutes after.