Southern California Storm Produced 40,000 Lightning Bolts Over 24 Hours, NWS Says - NBC Southern California

Southern California Storm Produced 40,000 Lightning Bolts Over 24 Hours, NWS Says

The lightning flashes were observed over a 24-hour period that began Sunday

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    A powerful thunderstorm that whipped up strong winds and dumped rain and hail on parts of Southern California produced nearly 40,000 lightning strikes, according to the National Weather Service.

    The agency said Tuesday that the flashes were observed over a 24-hour period starting Sunday morning across Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

    Forecasters recorded more than 5,000 lightning bolts during a particularly active three-hour span.

    Watch: Lightning Cloud Lights Up Sky Over PalmdaleWatch: Lightning Cloud Lights Up Sky Over Palmdale

    A lightining cloud that was seen from around Southern California is captured on camera Saturday Sept. 9, 2017 in Palmdale.

    (Published Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017)

    The storm caused by a lingering low-pressure system off the coast continued to produce pockets of rain Monday, but is starting to dissipate.

    Rain totals Sunday were generally less than half an inch. Sudden Peak in Santa Barbara County received .44 inches.

    Winds topping 35 mph were reported in eastern Los Angeles County.

    There is an isolated chance of thunderstorms in mountain and high desert communities Tuesday afternoon.

    The unusual weekend of weather included a storm cloud Saturday that could be seen from around Southern California as it flashed lightning. Many residents captured the cloud on camera.  

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    Watch: Lightning in Cloud North of ValenciaWatch: Lightning in Cloud North of Valencia

    This video was captured Saturday Sept. 9, 2017 in Valencia. It is one of several that show lightning in a cloud that could be see from around Southern California.

    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017)
    Watch: Cloud Lightning Over Los AngelesWatch: Cloud Lightning Over Los Angeles

    This video was captured Saturday Sept. 9, 2017 in Rancho Palos Verdes. It is one of several that show lightning in a cloud that could be see from around Southern California.

    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017)

    Watch: Lightning Show in La PuenteWatch: Lightning Show in La Puente

    This video was captured Saturday Sept. 9, 2017 in La Puente. It is one of several that show lightning in a cloud that could be see from around Southern California.

    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017)

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