Rare Lightning Strike Kills Man On California Beach

Monday, July 28, 2014

July is the most dangerous time of year for lightning in the United States. Yesterday, a rare, intense lightning storm struck Venice Beach in Southern California. One person was killed and nine others were taken to hospitals, where one was listed in critical condition.

Witnesses say the storm was fierce and came out of nowhere. Earlier in the day, lightening struck a 57-year-old man on a golf course off the coast on Santa Catalina Island. He was listed in stable condition.

Here & Now’s Robin Young talks to John Jensenius, a lightning safety specialist with the National Weather Service.


  • John Jensenius, lightning safety specialist with the National Weather Service.
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Comments [1]

Don Holm from Chico, Ca

Your article was so useless! First of all let's put the risk of lightening strikes in perspective to other risks. Second, what about info. about the many people who recreate in the outdoors. Being a backpacker I often hear thunder in the mountains of California. I'm not next to a building with plumbing & electricity or a metal topped car. This article is so fluffy & light weight. Is it that hard to produce an article with more substance?

Jul. 28 2014 03:01 PM

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