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Lightning Strikes Injure 14 in Southern California

Up to 14 people were injured, including two critically, Sunday afternoon from lightning strikes in southern California, the Associated Press reports.

Thirteen people were struck on the boardwalk at Venice Beach in Los Angeles, while a 14th person was hit on Catalina Island, according to the AP. Meteorologist Erik Pindrock said thunderstorms were reported in Santa Monica, just to the north of Venice Beach between 2:30 and 3 p.m. PDT.

"Tomorrow will feature areas of low clouds in the morning giving way to some sunshine during the day," Pindrock said. "There is a slight chance for an isolated shower or storm, but the best chance will be over the mountains and inland deserts."


There were at least four lightning strikes reported in the area at the time of the thunderstorm.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main told the AP that the incident occurred shortly before 2:20 p.m. local time. Main said four were treated at the scene and the rest were hospitalized.

The 14th victim, who was struck on a golf course on the Catalina Island, was also hospitalized and is in stable condition.

To date in 2014, there have been 15 lightning fatalities, according to the National Weather Service .

Earlier this month, two deadly lightning strikes occurred at Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park.