Nearly 40,000 Lightning Strikes Reported as Volatile Storm Moves Through SoCal; More Wild Weather Forecast

A volatile storm brewing over Southern California produced nearly 40,000 lightning strikes and threatened to bring more rain and thunderstorms Monday, forecasters said.

The lightning and in-cloud flashes were observed in the last 24 hours over Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties, with the most activity occurring Sunday evening, according to the National Weather Service. In one instance, forecasters recorded more than 5,000 lightning bolts in the area over a three-hour period.

“That’s a lot,” said meteorologist Kathy Hoxsie of the weather service in Oxnard.

Although the storm brought plenty of lightning, rain totals were less than half an inch in Santa Barbara County on Sunday. The greatest rain total was observed at Sudden Peak, which received .44 inches.

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