A LIGHTNING STRIKE killed a woman and her two dogs in southern California on Wednesday, police said.
The woman was walking her dogs on a bike path in Pico Rivera around 9 a.m. at the time of the incident.
The woman has yet to be identified, nor has her family been notified at this time, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
All outdoor activities in Pico Rivera have been suspended by City Manager Steve Carmona to ensure the safety of residents.
“We have canceled our farmer’s market and also some of our summer camps for our kids who play outside as a precaution,” Carmona said.
All city crews were also ordered to work indoors for the remainder of the day.
A warning was issued to residents urging them to be careful outside.
“Today’s incident is a powerful reminder that people and organizations need to exercise extreme caution during a thunderstorm and stay indoors as much as possible,” city officials said in a press release.
“While lightning strikes are rare in Southern California, they often occurred overnight, with over 3,700 lightning strikes recorded in the region.”
In addition, Carmona warned residents to be careful and cautious.
“There is high activity from thunderstorms in the area. This is a tragic incident. But again, we’re just warning residents to be careful.”
A monsoon storm brought lightning along with scattered thunderstorms through southern California.
Across the state, lightning strikes and stormy weather have caused significant delays.
Some rides at Disneyland were delayed due to lightning near the park.
The last fatal lightning strike in Southern California was in 2014, when a 20-year-old man was killed.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5620024/pico-rivera-woman-killed-by-lightning-strike/ Pico Rivera’s wife and their dogs die after being struck by lightning as wild California weather causes delays