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More than 1,400 lightning strikes hit Southern California over weekend
More than 1,400 lightning strikes hit Southern California over weekend

More than 1,400 lightning strikes jolted Southern California over the weekend during a rare summer thunderstorm in which a 20-year-old man died and several others were injured, officials said. A map released Tuesday by the National Weather Service shows that in southwestern San Bernardino County alone, there were 858 cloud-to-ground strikes, meaning lightning actually hit water or land sometime between Friday and Monday. "It's an unusual amount of lightning strikes ... for any time of year for that matter," said James Thomas, a meteorologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The weather service recorded 28 lightning strikes in Los Angeles...

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