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Lightning, Rain, and Thunder Hit San Diego County Tuesday


Last updated 7/1/2015 at 4:02pm

Monsoonal moisture has hit the entire San Diego County region this week including the deserts and the coast. These conditions were generated by the typical monsoonal moisture storms out of Mexico. The storms are very common in Borrego and the deserts especially in July and August. Mexican monsoon season can also have an impact on San Diego County and the beaches.

This was evident on Tuesday as most San Diego-area beaches were closed before 5 p.m., including Coronado and Imperial Beach due to these lightning strikes. In the mid-afternoon, the threat of lightning strikes led lifeguards in Coronado and other areas to instruct beach-goers to get out of the ocean until the storm passed. In the middle of the storm, lifeguards had to rescue a group of young swimmers about a mile north of Mission Beach caught in a rip current. Reportedly, there were no injuries.

Tuesday storms moved across San Diego County, bringing thunderstorms along with dangerous lightning and rain. Most storms happened in the afternoon that produced hundreds of lightning strikes in San Diego. Some hillsides caught on fire in areas such as Vista, Poway, and Campo. There will be another chance of some thunderstorms to San Diego Wednesday. It will be warm and humid as this system passes throughout the county.

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