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Storms Bring Lightning, Showers, Hail to Riverside County

A summer storm that brought heavy rain, hail and lightning to several Riverside County communities Wednesday flooded streets and damaged homes.

At least one home was hit by lightning.

Hesperia Hit With Summer Storm

[LA] Hesperia Hit With Summer Storm
An overnight lightning and thunderstorm in Hesperia flooded several streets and saturated the ground causing anxiety for some homeowners. Tony Shin reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. from Hesperia Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.
(Published Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014)

"I was just looking at the lightning and it just hit the roof," resident Stephen Clubb said. "I just thought it was really loud and really freaky."

Cell phone video shared by NBC4 viewers showed palm trees on fire as lightning struck the city Riverside. One strick was so powerful, it split a tree in a half.

In Bloomington, two homes sustained water damage.  

NBC4 viewers reported dime-sized hail overnight in the Menifee area in southwestern Riverside County. Hail was also reported in Fontana.

Summer Storm Over Hesperia

[LA] Summer Storm Over Hesperia
A late afternoon summer storm hit Hesperia Wednesday afternoon showering residents with rain, hail and lightning. Michelle Valles reports for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. from Hesperia Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.
(Published Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014)

About 1,000 customers were without power in Murrieta and Temecula, where thunderstorms arrived early Wednesday.

Flood advisories were issued for parts of Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties and were in effect until 9 p.m.

Another wave of showers is possible Thursday afternoon.

Robert Kovacik and Byron Miranda contributed to this report.

Storms Light Up Skies

[LA] Storms Light Up Skies Over Riverside County
Lightning, hail and rain are caught on camera in Southern California as summers storms slam southern Riverside County. Tony Shin reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Wednesday Aug. 20, 2014.
(Published Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014)

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