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More expected from summer storms

A series of freak storms are expected to continue their path through the Southland into Saturday, keeping temperatures unseasonably low.

Weather conditions throughout Los Angeles County have been unpredictable and unusual for this time of year, officials said.

As of Thursday, the storms were blamed for at least two deaths — one involving a falling tree limb in Big Bear Lake, the other a lightning strike in Fontana — and a smattering of wildfires across the mountains and eastern portion of the county.

A Southwest Airlines plane bound for Bob Hope Airport Wednesday was struck with lightning about 30 minutes into its flight from Oakland, forcing the pilot to turn back. No damages was reported to the plane.

Despite relatively clear skies Thursday, the storm clouds that passed over Glendale on Wednesday produced 0.08 inches of rain, making this month the wettest June in six years, said Bob Gregg, an observer for the county flood control district.

It was the first round of thunderstorms to hit the area in June in 17 years.

“These types of storms are hit and miss,” Gregg said, calling them a “weather man's woe.”

There is a 40% chance of rain today, in addition to thunderstorms later in the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

The chance for rain was forecasted to wane to 20% on Saturday, and then into partly cloudy skies on Sunday.


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