Beachgoers along the Venice Boardwalk were in a somber mood Monday in the wake of a lightning strike that killed a 20-year-old man and injured a dozen more the day before.
“The next thing I know I was trying to get my head above the water for air,” Paul Dionne said.
Witnesses to the Sunday afternoon lightning strike that killed a man, and injured at least nine people on the boardwalk at Venice Beach, said the clap of thunder that came along with it sounded like “a bomb going off” or an airplane crash.
Lightning struck twelve adults and a 15-year-old at Venice Beach on Sunday gravely injuring one person and critically injuring another.
The wild weather sweeping into the Southland this week downed power lines in Sunland, leaving hundreds of residents without electricity.
A large power outage took place early Saturday, affecting over 21,000 customers, after thunderstorms caused lightning strikes in Riverside.
Members of a Southland family who were struck by lightning are speaking out for the first time since the incident in hopes their story will provide valuable scientific help.
A series of lightning strikes early Monday were behind several small fires and a power outage that affected over 1,400 homes in the Inland Empire, officials said.
Mar Vista residents were rattled early Friday morning after witnessing lightning spark a house fire during a storm.
A plane has made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport after being struck by lightning.
The National Weather Service says high surf is expected along some coastlines north of Los Angeles this weekend.
The season’s first storm brought lightning strikes and some flooding on at least one Southland freeway on Thursday.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected in Riverside County Tuesday, prompting a flash flood watch for the mountains.
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.