Lightning strikes in Southern California have killed one person and injured at least 13 others due to some severely thunderstorms in July. Weather.com reported on Sunday, July 27, 2014, a 20-year-old man was killed after the lightning strikes struck Venice Beach in Los Angeles.
The Inquisitr reported that 13 of the 14 lightning strike victims were near the Ocean Front Walk in Venice Beach. The remaining injury was that of a 57-year-old man on a golf course out in Catalina Island.
“I heard this crackle,” a witness told CBS Los Angeles, “And there was this giant bolt of lightning shooting across the sky and the loudest thunder I’ve ever heard.”
Around 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, EMTs and other emergency personnel were dispatched out to Ocean Front Walk. Other witnesses said they heard a tremendous crash of thunder and what sounded like something breaking very loudly.
A swimmer was initially listed as missing, but he was later recovered by lifeguards in full cardiac arrest and paramedics pronounced him dead at Marina Del Rey Hospital.
Among the rest of the injuries, eight other people were hospitalized, and a surfer was listed in critical condition. Four other people were treated at the scene after the lightning strikes and they were released on their own.
Those struck by lightning were said to either be in the water or at least very close to it. A lot of power outages were said to be in place as well.
According to estimates, the freak storms have already poured down 0.14" of rain in just a single hour on Sunday. That makes this July the fourth-wettest on record in the city of Los Angeles, and it's been the wettest July since 1992.
The names of all those injured by the California lightning strikes had not yet been released.