OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – While many Oklahomans woke up to the sound of rain and thunder, some guests staying at a local hotel were told to evacuate.
Just before 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Oklahoma City firefighters were called to the Best Western Plus hotel near Reno and Merdian.
“It was extremely hazardous for us because it’s obviously during a heavy thunderstorm, ” said Major Dane Yaw, with the Oklahoma City Fire Department.
Officials say lightning struck the hotel’s clock tower.
Guests who were staying at the hotel tell KFOR that they heard a loud noise before seeing smoke start to fill the hallways.
“About 5:15 a.m., I heard a major clap of thunder. It woke me up. It’s something we don’t hear out west in the Mountain State,” said Gary Barela.
Barela told KFOR he lives in Idaho and is here on a trip. He’s not used to Oklahoma’s severe weather.
“We don’t experience that stuff out in Idaho,” said Barela. “It’s been quite the trip.”
Officials say they immediately began evacuating 132 guests from the hotel.
After about 30 minutes, they were allowed back inside the building.
Thankfully, there were no injuries reported.