Scattered storms, lightning hit Southern California and prompt beach closures in San Diego.
Just after 3 a.m. on Tuesday, a swarm of small, fast-moving storms swept across Southern California, causing lightning strikes and small to moderate damage in a variety of parts of the region.
The storms, which were moving east at about 10 mph, touched off several outages across California, including at least one at a Southern California Edison substation.
Storms and thunderstorms struck Southern California at this time on Tuesday. Image: NOAA
“Multiple areas experienced power outages that caused a few people to have to evacuate,” said Cal-OSHA spokesman Tim Gourley.
“There were also a few reports of flying debris and damage to property was reported in many areas. We do not know how much damage has been done yet.”
In addition to the power outages, there were several isolated reports of damage to power lines from the storms.
The storms were an anomaly for Tuesday; this was the second-coldest September in Southern California since 1895, according to the National Weather Service.
“It’s typical to have a colder-than-normal September,” said Gourley. “But this year was still very chilly with a high in the upper 20s and overnight lows in the upper 20s.
“The combination of cold temperatures, weak storms and lack of moisture is typical for September.”
No injuries or significant damage were reported, according to officials in Los Angeles.
In San Diego, a storm that moved into the region around 4 a.m. also caused multiple outages, including a power outage at a Southern California Edison power substation.
The damage caused by the outages caused by the storm was not reported.
The National Weather Service also issued a weather advisory for the following areas:
Avalanche, Big Bear, Big Bear Lake, Black Mountain, Big Bear, Big Bear Canyon, Big Bear Lake, Big Bear Lake East, Big Bear Lake North, Big Bear Lake South, Big Bear Lake West, La Canada, Lake Isabella, Lake San Antonio, Lake Arrow