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California lightning hits 14; 2 critically injured

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Authorities now say 14 people -- including a 15-year-old -- have been struck by lightning during rare summer thunderstorms that have swept through Southern California, injuring two critically.
Los Angeles fire spokeswoman Katherine Main says 13 people, including the teen, were treated after they were struck Sunday afternoon at Venice Beach in Los Angeles. Four were treated at the scene and released, and the rest were taken to hospitals, where two are in critical condition.

Some appear to have been in the water and others on the beach's famed boardwalk.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says a 14th person was struck on a golf course on Southern California's Catalina Island. The 57-year-old man is reported in stable condition.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Authorities say eight people have been struck by lightning on Los Angeles' popular Venice Beach boardwalk, with a ninth person hit on Southern California's Catalina Island.

The strikes occurred as a series of thunderstorms, rare for Southern California, swept through the region Sunday.

Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main says eight people were hit Sunday on Ocean Front Walk in Venice. Ambulances were dispatched but there's no word on their conditions.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says the ninth person was struck on a golf course on Catalina Island. The 57-year-old man was reported in stable condition.

Authorities say the thunderstorms also sparked at least two small brush fires on the island that were quickly doused.

The unusual weather comes from monsoon moisture that's brought thunderstorms.
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