Lightning strikes prompt closure of some Southern California beaches

ByAmy Powell and staff via KABC logo
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
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Lightning strikes, rain and hail moved through Southern California Monday.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Beachgoers throughout Southern California are being warned to stay away from the coast Monday afternoon because of lightning strikes seen over the region.

Lifeguards are reportedly clearing beaches along Long Beach, Santa Monica, Catalina island and Malibu among other locations after lightning was spotted in the skies.

Monday's forecast called for thunderstorms throughout the region.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The storm moving through the area also prompted a lightning delay for the Monday Night Football game between the L.A. Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.

Downpours soaked parts of Orange County and much of the Los Angeles area.

The rainfall comes after a hot, dry summer in drought-stricken California.