LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thunderstorms are quite rare in Southern California, but people living in Southern California got a stark reminder today of how ferocious they can be. Lightning struck 13 people at a popular beach in Los Angeles and another man golfing on Catalina Island, leaving two critically injured.
Among those struck was a 15-year-old. Authorities say those hit by lightning at the beach were treated at Venice Beach in Los Angeles. City fire spokeswoman Katherine Main says at least one person required CPA.
Other fire officials said most of those taken to hospitals were mainly shaken up and were expected to recover. Some appear to have been in the water and others on the beach’s famed boardwalk. .
On Santa Catalina Island, often called Catalina Island, off the coast, a 57-year-old man was struck by lightning on a golf course and was hospitalized in stable condition. That’s according to Steve Denning, a law enforcement technician with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He did not have other details.
He said the lightning strikes occurred as a thunderstorm hit the island, causing minor flooding and setting two small fires in the brushy backcountry that were quickly doused.
The unusual weather came from monsoon moisture that brought a line of brief but strong afternoon thunderstorms to the region.