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California: Woman and her two dogs struck by lightning and killed

A woman and her two dogs were found lying on the San Gabriel river bed after an apparent lightning strike

A woman and her two dogs were found lying on the San Gabriel Riverbed after an apparent lightning strike (Image: FOX 11)

A woman and her two dogs were killed after being struck by lightning during a morning walk.

All three were in the San Gabriel Flood Control District Wednesday morning when they were apparently struck, according to the city of Pico Rivera, California.

Police and emergency responders were called to the area around Mines and Rimbank Avenues near the San Gabriel River around 9 a.m., according to officials.

The woman and her two canines were discovered lying near the riverbed. First responders attempted to revive her and her puppies before pronouncing them dead.

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They were apparently struck as thunderstorms swept through southern California.

The lightning strike caused a dent in the sidewalk.

An investigation was ongoing and the woman was not immediately identified until next of kin were notified.

After the incident, the city manager warned residents to stay indoors until the storms pass.

The Pico Rivera city manager warned residents to stay indoors until the summer storms passed

The Pico Rivera city manager warned residents to stay indoors until the summer storms passed (Image: FOX 11)

“We should all be cautious about this activity in the area,” Pico Rivera city manager Steve Carmona told FOX 11. “We want everyone to be cautious. There’s a lot of instability in the air. Just be careful and do your best to stay indoors at this time.’

The city stated that while “lightning strikes are rare in Southern California, overnight they were common, with over 3,700 lightning strikes recorded in the region.”

Some local residents were shocked by the incident.

“I’m scared,” Mary Perez, who lives near the site of the strike, told ABC 7.

An investigation into the alleged lightning strike has been launched

An investigation into the apparent lightning strike has been launched (Image: FOX 11)

“I told my granddaughter and her friend, she doesn’t walk to school, I’ll take her with me. I’m thinking more of the flash. Not that I never thought about it. I didn’t think it could actually do that. It’s just awful.”

The woman and her dogs died as a summer storm continued to hit the Southland with thunderstorms, gusty winds and lightning closing some beaches. The region also has an elevated fire hazard alert.

A deadly lightning strike last occurred in Southern California in 2014, killing a 20-year-old man.

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