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Lightning strikes Venice Beach!

What was apparently a single bolt of lightning injured at least 13 people at Venice Beach, California. Of the 13 assessed at the scene, eight were sent to local hospitals, including a 15-year-old. One of the adults was listed in grave condition and another as in critical condition. A 20-year-old man, whose identity has not yet been released, later died from his injuries. The six other patients were in stable condition.

“Cloud to ground” lightning was reported for Marina Del Rey and LAX (Los Angeles International Airport), according to the National Weather Service, and another lighting strike injured a man golfing on Santa Catalina Island and ignited brush fires, which knocked out electrical power. Southern California Edison reported a power outage for 300 customers from another lightning strike in Redondo Beach.

Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are possible in the area from tonight through Monday.

-Bill at

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