• Matt Esnayra

LA County closes beaches due to storm; lightning strike causes fire in East Long Beach

Photo via Long Beach Fire

Due to rain and lightning, all Los Angeles County beaches were closed to the public on Monday afternoon.

Driving the news:

The L.A. County Fire Department Lifeguard Division said on Twitter that beaches from San Pedro to Malibu, including Avalon and Catalina Island, are closed.

  • Lifeguards were clearing the water of swimmers and notified beachgoers to take cover.

  • L.A. County also told boaters to return to port as soon as possible.

  • The Chargers-Raiders game at Sofi Stadium was delayed due to the storm.

Around town:

Lightning struck near a home in East Long Beach, obliterating a wooded fence and causing a fire. Multiple trees burst into flames after lightning struck near a home on the 5200 block of Spring Street just before 5 p.m.

  • About 20 firefighters knocked down the fire, according to Long Beach Fire Department Capt. Jack Crabtree who told the Post.

  • A thunderstorm floated over Downtown Long Beach just after 4:30 p.m., dropping a sprinkle of rain, per National Weather Service on Twitter.

  • 1,800 SoCal Edison customers suffered power outages in West Long Beach.

East Long Beach Fire:

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