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Ridgecrest Police: Man struck by lightning

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Posted at 2:28 PM, Jun 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-22 17:28:58-04

RIDGECREST, Calif. (KERO) — The Ridgecrest Police Department said a man was struck by lightning Wednesday.

The man, who was in his 30s, was pushing a child in a stroller and walking his dog when he was struck, according to police.

Police say the incident was reported shortly after 7:30 a.m.

According to The Associated Press, authorities in Los Angeles County say a woman and two dogs were found dead on a path Wednesday after they were also struck by lightning.

This a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Thunderstorm safety tips

23ABC chief meteorologist Brandon Michaels offers some thunderstorm safety tips:

  • When thunder roars, go indoors. If you can hear thunder, you're close enough to be struck by lightning.
  • Avoid open areas, trees, and light poles.
  • Wait 30 minutes after the storm to head back outside.