Lightning prompts Long Beach, O.C. beach closures

Lightning strikes along the coast prompted beach closures in Long Beach and in Orange County from Newport Pier to Corona del Mar Wednesday morning.

“Lifeguards have temporarily closed the beaches from the Newport Pier to Corona del Mar as a precaution while the storm cell moves through,” City of Newport Beach officials said shortly before 9 a.m., citing a “weather situation.”

Summer storm brings rain, thunder and lightning to SoCal

The Long Beach Fire Department announced around 10:30 a.m. that all beaches and waterways are closed due to inclement weather, saying there was “significant lightning strike within the breakwall.”

Residents were asked to stay off the beaches and bike paths until further notice.

The closures came as summer storms hurled lightning and showered Southern California with monsoonal rains as thunder rumbled through the region.

Residents were told to expect small hail and heavy rain throughout the day Wednesday.

Latest radar image with lightning strikes over the last hour (white dots). Heavy rain, pea sized hail, frequent lightning occurring over #LockwoodValley #Palmdale #Pearblosson

— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) June 22, 2022

Several Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued early Wednesday for different areas, including in Los Angeles County.

The National Weather Service said lightning in June is not unheard of, especially in the mountains and deserts.

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