Rare summer storm prompts lightning warning in San Diego beaches

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

San Diego, CA, United States (4E) – A rare thunderstorm will bring dangerous lightning strikes to beaches in San Diego, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Del Mar and Oceanside until 11 a.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) warned.

The warning followed the entry of the thunderstorm into northern San Diego County around 6:30 a.m. The south-moving storm drenched Encenitas and rained hail in Oceanside.

Lifeguards ordered people out of the water and off the sand on all beaches in Encinitas. Beach events were cancelled and city pools in Carlsbad were closed.

People were also ordered to get out of the water and beaches in San Diego and city piers.

People were warned to stay away from metal objects and to move indoors until the storm passes.

Lightning has been reported off and on since midnight from Del Mar to Camp Pendleton. Surfers in Leucadia scrambled out of the ocean.

Meanwhile, power outages were reported in Encinitas, Cardiff, Olivenhain, Vista, Pala, Bonsall and Fallbrook, according to SDG&E.

In late July, at least 100 lightning strikes, mostly at and near the coast, were reported in San Diego County as thunderstorms rolled across the beaches. One lightning struck and killed a man and hurt 10 other people at Venice Beach in Los Angeles County.

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