Nearly one week after its tower was hit by a lightning strike, KTEN is still unable to air its local news.

Late Saturday night, the NBC affiliate for Sherman-Ada, TX, as well as its ABC and CW digital feeds were knocked off the air following a lighting strike to the station’s tower. KTEN general manager Anthony Maisel told TVSpy the strike measured 390 kiloamps.¬† For perspective he said, “a strike on a home is five amps, so this was a monster.”

“It was about midnight Saturday night that I received a call from Master Control that we had suffered¬† a lightning strike at the station,” said chief engineer Danny Allen. “He explained it as ‘something flying across master control’ it turned out to be an equipment panel that actually was blown off.”

The station had to scrap plans to begin airing its news tonight at 6:00 p.m. after more damage was discovered. Read more