One person is dead, and another was critically injured after a lightning strike at Venice Beach, Sunday afternoon, according to a report from ABC7 in Los Angeles.
In total, 14 people were struck as a pop-up thunderstorm moved swiftly through the region. One of the victims was hit by lightning on a golf course on Catalina Island.
Witnesses told the Los Angeles Times, that the storm seemed to "come out of nowhere" and lasted about "15 minutes."
Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main told The Associated Press that the incident occurred shortly before 2:20 p.m. local time. Main said four were treated at the scene and the rest were hospitalized.
The 14th victim, who was struck on a golf course on the Catalina Island, was also hospitalized and is in stable condition.
Lifeguards assist a person who was in the water and apparently struck by lightning Sunday July 27, 2014, in Los Angeles. Authorities said lightning struck 14 people, leaving two critically injured, as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California on Sunday. (AP Photo/Steve Christensen)
AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Erik Pindrock said thunderstorms were reported in Santa Monica, just to the north of Venice Beach between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m. PDT.
Pindrock said the chance of isolated storms will remain for tomorrow for the Los Angeles Basin.
"[Monday] will feature areas of low clouds in the morning giving way to some sunshine during the day," Pindrock said. "There is a slight chance for an isolated shower or storm, but the best chance will be over the mountains and inland deserts."
With this latest casualty, there have been 16 lightning fatalities, according to the National Weather Service .
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Hurricane generated storm wave - killed 2,000. 12-foot tides; central pressure 970 mb; 100+ mph winds.
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