A Pico Rivera woman and her two dogs were fatally struck by lightning early Wednesday morning, authorities said.
The fatalities came amid strong storms hitting Southern California and bringing lightning strikes. Outdoor activities in Pico Rivera were canceled and city crews were asked to work indoors for their safety.
“Today’s incident is a strong reminder that people and organizations must exercise extreme caution and stay indoors as much as possible during a thunderstorm,” city officials said in a statement.
“While lightning strikes are rare in Southern California, they occurred frequently overnight with over 3,700 lightning strikes recorded in the region.”
Pico Rivera City manager added that residents should be careful amid the “high activity of thunderstorms in the area.”