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Freaky weather in the Southland

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The weather turned very freaky today. Those overcast skies this morning did not give way to sunshine as was the case during the past few days. Instead wacky thunderstorms rolled through parts of Southern California this afternoon bringing lightning, thunder, rain, and even some hail in places like the coastal community of Venice.

Two women were reportedly injured by lightning; one victim died in Fontana, the other was hospitalized  near Palm Springs. Some of those lightning strikes sparked a number of minor brush fires. One flared up near the San Dimas golf course and quickly grew to around 35 acres by 6 p.m. Also, there are reports of scattered power outages in the San Gabriel Valley adding to the headaches for motorists traveling on rain-slicked streets.

Here in Burbank, we got some of that strange weather including rumbling thunder and cool temperatures in the 60s. The good news — the stormy weather dumped steady rain on the city late today; and that means there’s no need to turn on the sprinklers for the lawn and yard. Residents can save some valuable water for a drier day. 

This off-the-wall weather is expected to linger through this Friday.

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