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Woman and her 2 dogs killed by lightning strike near Los Angeles

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Woman and her?2 dogs killed by lightning strike near Los Angeles

A woman and her two dogs were killed by a lightning strike in Los Angeles County’s Pico Rivera as thunderstorms hit Southern California.

 

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Police and paramedics arrived at the scene at San Gabriel Riverbed, where the woman and her dogs were found dead along the path on Wednesday morning, June 22 , according to ABC News Los Angeles station KABC.

 

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“We should all be cautious with this activity that’s in the area,” Pico Rivera City Manager Steve Carmona said, according to KABC. “We want everybody to be careful. There’s a lot of instability in the air. Just be careful and do your best to stay indoors at this time.” 

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The woman was identified by authorities as Antonia Mendoza Chavez, 52.

 

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Woman and her?2 dogs killed by lightning strike near Los Angeles

 

The city ordered its work crews and summer camps indoors, and canceled outdoor activities including a farmers market.

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Lightning deaths are rare in California, with only nine people dying from them since 2006.

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The woman is the first person in the country to die from a lightning strike this year.

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Woman and her?2 dogs killed by lightning strike near Los Angeles

 

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Pico Rivera officials told residents to stay inside while the storm passed.

 

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The National Weather Service’s Los Angeles branch said on Twitter that residents in San Gabriel Valley should watch out for another downpour and “dangerous lightning.”

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Woman and her?2 dogs killed by lightning strike near Los Angeles

 

The storms also forced officials throughout the area to close a stretch of beaches for up to three hours, KABC reported.

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Woman and her?2 dogs killed by lightning strike near Los Angeles

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