Rain and wind that blew through Cape Coral for their football game against Estero Friday night is nothing new. In fact, last year's game was played on the Wildcats home field amid frequent downpours and difficult field conditions.
But frequent and nearby bursts of lightning are another matter.
Repetition and the proximity of that lightning spelled trouble, initially prompting a long delay before the accompanying heavy downpours resulted in the postponement of the game until 10 a.m. Saturday at Dave Warkentin Field.
Friday's start time was scheduled for 7:30 p.m., but was set back by 30 minutes when dark clouds and lightning appeared in the sky to the east of the campus. Conditions worsened as the storm crept nearer, and the rain that arrived shortly after 8 p.m. sent the few dozen people who'd exited their cars scrambling for cover.
Reports of power outages and delays at other schools began trickling into the stadium press box about 15 minutes later, and school administrators made it official at 8:40 p.m. after securing the services of game officials and local police for Saturday's rescheduled start time.
Tickets purchase Friday night will be honored at Saturday's game.