Woman, 2 dogs killed by lightning as thunderstorms sweep through Southern California

A woman walking two small dogs in Pico Rivera was struck and killed by lightning, officials said, as unusual early summer thunderstorms pushed through Southern California on Wednesday, June 22.

The monsoon-like storm system led to scattered power outages, and the temporary closure of a college campus and beaches in some coastal areas.

In Pico Rivera, the deadly lightning strike occurred around 8:50 a.m. as the woman was walking along the San Gabriel River, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The woman, who was not immediately identified, died at the scene, officials said. The two dogs also perished.

A passerby saw the woman in distress on the pathway and called 911 around 9 a.m. Fire officials determined that she had been hit by lightning, according to sheriff’s Capt. Jody Hutak.

Her death led Pico Rivera’s city manager, Steve Carmona, to warn city workers in the field that they should remain indoors. The city also closed a golf course on the north side of the city, canceled the local farmer’s market and directed that  summer camp be held indoors, he said.

The unsettled weather also shut down several local beaches along the Orange County and Long Beach coastline, as lighting strikes were reported near the shore. Shorelines were back open by the afternoon.

Huntington Beach from Beach Boulevard to Seapoint Avenue, as well as the Huntington Harbour public areas and Sunset Beach area, were among the first to close at 8:30 a.m. due to nearby lightning strikes, said Huntington Beach Marine Safety Division Chief Eric Dieterman.

He said they thought it would be a quick episode of turbulent weather, but it kept “rolling through” during the morning hours.

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A strong storm cell developed early Wednesday over the Pasadena area, prompting the National Weather Service to warn of potentially gusty winds, lightning and even hail in parts of the San Gabriel Valley.

The weather service also reported lightning strikes and thunderstorms over Mount Wilson, with the system moving northwest covering Monrovia, Angeles Crest Highway between Mount Wilson and Mount Waterman, Sierra Madre, Arcadia and Duarte. The NWS recorded wind gusts reaching 51 mph on Mount Wilson, and up to 66 mph in the Lake Hughes area.

By daybreak, forecasters said the eastern portion of the county had been “overrun with showers and (thunderstorms).” Most areas that received showers saw relatively low rainfall totals, generally less than a quarter-inch, but forecasters warned of potentially higher amounts in select areas.

In Pasadena, lightning struck a palm tree by Manzanita Avenue and Clinton Street around 8 a.m.,which caused a small power outage, said Lisa Derderian, city spokeswoman. The fire was quickly put out, she said, and fewer than 20 accounts were affected by the outage, she said.

Callers also reported seeing smoke near Eaton Canyon and Henninger Flats in the forest at about 9:30 a.m., she said. The U.S. …read more

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