LOS ANGELES — A woman and her two dogs were fatally struck by lightning in Pico Rivera today as a storm front pushed across Southern California and led to power outages and beach closures.
The lightning strike in Pico Rivera occurred around 8:50 a.m. when the woman was walking along the San Gabriel River, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The woman and her dogs both died at the scene.
According to the county fire department, the woman was struck near Mines and Rimbank avenues.
It was a tragic turn in a day peppered by scattered thunderstorms that made for a damp morning commute in some areas, sparked at least one small brush fire and caused lighting strikes that forced temporary closures of Orange County beaches in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.