Storm hits Southern California, briefly closes LA beaches

Jul 18, 2015 1:56 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - About 70 miles of Los Angeles County beaches have reopened after lightning forced them to close for about two hours.

The beaches were closed around 8 a.m. Saturday during a thunderstorm and reopened just before 10 a.m.

Supervisor Bernard Peters with the Los Angeles County Fire Department says several strikes were reported along the coastline, including at popular Manhattan Beach.

Lifeguards say beachgoers should be prepared to evacuate at moment's notice.

Last summer, a lightning strike killed a man at Venice Beach and injured about a dozen people.

Meteorologists are also warning of dangerous ocean conditions, including rip currents and 8-foot waves.

The thunderstorm brought rain and thunder throughout parched Los Angeles and beyond. Meteorologists are warning that local flooding could be possible, but Peters says none has been reported.

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