Wildfires sparked by lightning strikes are burning near homes in mountainous areas of Kern County, causing some residents to flee.
Lightning and thunderstorms are moving through the Southland Monday, which may put a damper on Labor Day holiday plans. An outdoor picnic may not be in the cards because of the unpredictable weather.
Researchers for the first time have captured X-ray images of lightning, a feat that they hope will help them better predict how lightning moves.
A Covina woman watching an electrical storm Friday was grazed by a lightning strike on the hand.
More showers and thunderstorms, along with lightning and brief heavy downpours, are possible in warm and humid Southern California before cooler and more stable air moves in by Sunday, forecasters said.
Fire Department dispatch Supervisor Donna Mueller says the man apparently was touching a construction crane when the lightning struck and was jolted, but he’s conscious and breathing.