A Kern County man was injured by a lightning strike whereas out strolling his canine and pushing a child in a stroller early Wednesday, the identical day a girl and her two canines had been killed after being hit by lightning in Pico Rivera, authorities stated.
The unidentified man was struck by lightning whereas strolling in his neighborhood in Ridgecrest, east of Bakersfield, in keeping with the Ridgecrest Police Division. The person survived and the child and the canine had been unhurt, police stated.
When police arrived on the scene about 7:40 a.m., they discovered a person performing CPR on the unconscious man, in keeping with Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin. The person was finally revived and transported to a neighborhood hospital.
His situation was not instantly identified.
Lower than two hours later and 150 miles south, 52-year-old Antonia Mendoza Chavez and her two canines had been struck and killed by lightning in Pico Rivera, authorities stated. She was pronounced lifeless on the scene.
Chavez was strolling on a path alongside the San Gabriel River when she was struck by lightning simply earlier than 9 a.m. Wednesday, in keeping with authorities. A passerby first alerted emergency officers after noticing Chavez on the bottom and a collection of singed holes marring an asphalt pathway the place the lighting strike had occurred.
Chavez’s demise was the nation’s first recorded lightning fatality this 12 months, in keeping with the Nationwide Lightning Security Council. Deadly strikes are nonetheless fairly uncommon, however have occurred between 11 and 40 instances a 12 months during the last decade, in keeping with the group.
Wednesday’s thunderstorms arrived sooner than the standard monsoon season in Southern California, meteorologist David Candy with the Nationwide Climate Service in Oxnard stated.
“Yesterday’s thunderstorms had been far above the conventional quantity that one would see in California this time of 12 months,” Candy stated.
Usually, monsoon season doesn’t arrive till mid-July, which may see thunderstorms and lightning strikes.
“Now we have this bit of recommendation, kind of a rhyme for individuals to recollect: ‘If thunder roars, go indoors.’ We’re speaking a few good, sturdy constructing or perhaps a automobile generally is a protected place in a thunderstorm,” Candy stated.