Thousands of lighting strikes recorded in Southern California


Hollywood CGI effects were upstaged by mother nature on Tuesday night in Southern California.

In just a five minute period, the National Weather Service recorded nearly 2,000 lightning strikes in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and the ocean just offshore.

The rumble of thunder, the flash of lightning — The sights and sounds are just as rare in Southern California as here in the Bay Area, except for Tuesday night.

16,000 lightning pulses were recorded in a two hour period which made for a spectacular scene.

Power was knocked out at three Los Angeles International Airport terminals and a Delta jet heading to Seattle was struck after takeoff and had to return as a precaution.

The multiple strikes ignited at least three fires causing thousands of people to evacuate from the damaged neighborhoods of Montecito near Santa Barbara. The storm passed through quickly and the order was lifted.

Following the thunder and lightning came a storm that dumped an inch of rain.

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