CBS 2/KCAL 9′s Amber Lee Explains The Deadly Venice Beach Lightning Strike

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Beach goers were startled over the weekend when a lightning storm suddenly struck the Venice Beach area Sunday, killing one and injury a dozen more. According to CBS LA, the person killed by the lightning strike was identified as 20-year-old Nick Fagnano.

With more severe weather expected Monday, The K-EARTH 101 Morning Show spoke with CBS 2/KCAL 9 meteorologist Amber Lee on what Los Angelenos can expect if they’re headed outdoors.

While the storm on Sunday took beach goers by surprise, Amber notes that people should take note of the morning forecasts to plan for the day.

“We did forecast all morning yesterday telling everyone we could see chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms. It is monsoon season and we do have a lot of instability over that humidity moving in,” explained Amber. “That surge came in from San Diego and started moving upward.”

By the time the storm hit the Venice Beach area, Amber notes that there “were a couple lightning strikes, but there were a lot more in the South Bay.”

For those who will be outdoors today, Amber has some tips on knowing when to take shelter in case another thunderstorm hits the Southland.

“As the old saying goes, when the thunder roars, head indoors, because lightning is right around it,” she said. “When you hear the thunder, you just want to seek shelter and seek some protection as fast as you can.”

She notes that there is still some lingering moisture in the atmosphere, so the chances of another storm happening today is “very high still,” so it’s probably “your best bet to stay inside.”

Hear more from Amber Lee about SoCal’s wild weather in the clip below.

Amber Lee

K-EARTH 101
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