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Storm causes hundreds of lightning strikes, flooding in Inland Empire
Storm causes hundreds of lightning strikes, flooding in Inland Empire

A summer storm rumbled across the Inland Empire, causing hundreds of lightning strikes, dropping marble-sized hail and flooding the 10 Freeway during rush hour, officials said Wednesday evening. Flooding on the eastbound 10 Freeway near Cherry Avenue in Fontana forced lane closures and caused a six-mile backup, state transportation officials said. By 6:30 p.m., all lanes were open and traffic was moving. In the last 24 hours, nearly 500 lightning strikes were reported in western Riverside County, according to the National Weather Service. Lightning strikes on Wednesday ignited two palm tree fires in Mira Loma, where hail the size of marbles covered the ground in some areas. The...

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