Lightning Strikes In Southern California Injure At Least 14

Lightning strikes in southern California have injured at least 14 in a rare surge of July thunderstorms, authorities reported on Sunday.

According to The Weather Channel, 13 of the 14 victims were struck by lightning near the Ocean Front Walk in Venice Beach. The second of the lightning strikes injured a 57-year-old man on a golf course in Catalina Island.

Two of the 13 victims in Venice Beach are said to have been injured “critically,” the Los Angeles Fire Department stated, with one person being in “grave condition.”

More from TWC:

“”Storms dumped 0.14″ of rain in just one hour on Sunday, which alone makes this the fourth-wettest July on record in Los Angeles and the wettest July since 1992.”

“Thunderstorms are uncommon at the beach in Los Angeles any time of year, but particularly in July,” said senior digital meteorologist Nick Wiltgen. “Rain does not often reach the California beaches in July, but in this case monsoon moisture from the deserts drifted farther west than usual, allowing some showers and thunderstorms to fire up.”

“Wiltgen said, ‘Los Angeles is known for its microclimates, but at the LAX airport location specifically, measurable rain has only fallen in 20 out of the past 71 Julys. Sunday’s storm dumped as much rain in one hour as had fallen in the previous 10 Julys — 310 days’ worth of rain — combined.'”

“Authorities say the thunderstorms also set at least two small brush fires on Catalina that were quickly doused. The unusual weather comes from monsoonal moisture that’s brought a line of thunderstorms to the region.”

In a separate report via CBS Los Angeles, authorities said CPR was performed on at least one of the victims, with the condition of that person listed as “grave.”

The site explains:

“The people who complained about being struck by the lightning were either in the water, or very close to it, said LAFD Battalion Chief Armando Hogan.”

“‘I heard this crackle,’ said one witness, ‘and there was this giant bolt of lightning shooting across the sky and the loudest thunder I’ve ever heard.'”

“Officials don’t yet know how many people have been affected by the power outage.”

Earlier in July, NYC got a taste of wild lightning strikes, but in those cases, the display was more of a light show than a medical event. The Inquisitr reported on those here.

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