4 things to do when lightning strikes at the beach

Lightning strikes over Hermosa Beach.
Lightning strikes over Hermosa Beach.
Photo by Greg Foster via Flickr Creative Commons
Lightning strikes over Hermosa Beach.
Beach goers soak in the morning sunshine on Venice beach a day after a rare lightning storm struck multiple people and killed one person who was swimming in the ocean at the time.
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Updated 7:46 a.m. on 6/29/15: A monsoonal system from northern Mexico and Arizona is bringing hot, humid weather and a chance of thunderstorms. That also means there is a potential for lightning strikes.

Last year, an incoming USC student was struck and killed by lightning in Venice Beach, prompting officials to start developing a beach-clearing protocol.

If you're headed to the beach or out on the water in the next couple days, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Adam Eggers has the following advice:

For more information, go to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's website for more tips on avoiding lightning strikes.

The National Weather Service provides useful forecasts for Southern California as well.

This story was originally published on July 28, 2014.