Lightning strikes in Pico Rivera kill woman and dogs

PICO RIVERA, California (KABC) – A woman and her two dogs were killed by lightning while walking in Pico Rivera Wednesday morning, officials said.

Paramedics and police were called to the area on Rimbank and Mines Avenue, near the San Gabriel River around noon. 8.50.

Pico Rivera City Manager Steve Carmona says a woman was found dead on the trail with her two dogs. She had apparently been struck by lightning as storms moved through Southern California in the morning.

The city warned residents in the area to stay inside until the storm passed, Carmona said.

“We should all be careful about this activity that is in the area,” Carmona said. “We want everyone to be careful. There’s a lot of instability in the air. Just be careful and do your best to stay indoors at this point.”

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Deaths from lightning strikes are very rare in California. There have been only nine fatalities in the state since 2006, and this was the first this year.

The nation as a whole sees about six lightning deaths by June 22 in an average year.

The news of the tragedy was disturbing to the residents of the area.

“I’m scared,” said Mary Perez, who lives in the area. “I told my granddaughter and her friend, she’s not going to school, I’m taking her. I’m thinking more about lightning. Not that I ever thought about it. I did not think it could really do that. It’s just awful.”

The 52-year-old woman’s identity has not been released.

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