Lightning strikes light up skies across SoCal

LOS ANGELES -- A heavy storm moving into the region Tuesday night put on a bright but potentially dangerous show for Southern Californians, illuminating the skies with lightning strikes from Santa Barbara to Hollywood.



The storm was expected to dump two inches or more of rain by Wednesday in some areas.

Additionally, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning Tuesday night until 10:30 p.m. for Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

The warning applied to areas affected by the Thomas Fire, saying radar indicates heavy rain, with an expectation of flash flooding and debris flows. Residents are urged to take precautions against likely flooding, including moving to higher parts of their homes and staying out of likely paths of fast-moving water.



A flash flood watch was issued for parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Wind advisories were also in effect for Los Angeles County mountain areas and the Antelope Valley.

As the storm moved in from the north, residents recorded multiple lightning strikes in Santa Barbara County, Simi Valley, Pasadena, the Antelope Valley and Hollywood, among other locations.



And at least one airplane leaving from Los Angeles was reportedly struck by lightning and returned to LAX as a precaution. The Delta flight 2432 was heading to Seattle, and other flights were also being diverted for weather reasons, aviation photojournalist Tom Podolec reported on Twitter.

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