Lightning storm briefly closes some beaches in LA and Orange counties

Huntington Beach in Orange County and a stretch of beaches up the L.A. County coast were temporarily closed Wednesday morning, Oct. 12, after a lightning storm moved into the area.

L.A. County lifeguards announced around 10 a.m. a portion of beaches from Cabrillo to Manhattan Beach were closed. An hour later, county lifeguards announced all beaches in that stretch were closed as they monitored the storm.

By 11:35 a.m., the beaches had reopened.

#LightningIC Per @NWSLosAngeles all LA County beaches have been reopened. @LACoLifeguards will continue to monitor the current weather conditions and will remain in close contact with @NWSLosAngeles for further weather updates.

— LACoLifeguards (@LACoLifeguards) October 12, 2022

Huntington Beach also closed its pier and beaches Wednesday morning, the city announced on Twitter. By 10 a.m., everything had reopened. The lightning in Huntington Beach also prompted a brief closure Tuesday evening.

The storm cell was moving across Southern California Wednesday afternoon, as the National Weather Service warned of brief heavy downpours in foothill communities of LA and San Bernardino counties.

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