Wild weather brings hail, rain and lightning in Southern California

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Southern California has experienced wild weather on Monday night, with Disneyland hit by hail, San Diego pounded by rain, and San Pedro to Malibu beaches forced to close due to lightning.

At 8:30 in the evening, the National Weather Service announced that a storm cell was going towards Los Angeles County. “It is producing frequent lightning, and will likely start seeing more heavy downpours,” it reported.

A scene comparable to an apocalypse is seen in images of lightning strikes over the Los Angeles basin.

“What an incredible lightning show it has been across SoCal so far this evening,” according to a Twitter user with the US Storm Watch handle. “Likely one of the biggest thunderstorm events in years for SoCal, and it’s far from over.”

In Disneyland, there were several videos and photos published online that showed rain, hail, and lightning scenes which rarely happens in the mild weathered Southern California.

“It was just 85 degrees this afternoon …. Disneyland going crazy rn,” one Twitter user said alongside a video showing hail pounding Disneyland.

“Disneyland now with rolling thunder, lightning, hail and torrential rain,” another Twitter user said.

Meanwhile, the LA County Fire Department Lifeguard Division reported the closure of the San Pedro area to Malibu beaches, as well as the Avalon and Catalina Island.

On Monday afternoon, swimmers were told to get out of the water and look for a shelter while mariners were told to immediately get to the harbor.

Lightning strikes were meanwhile seen in San Diego, as it sparked fire on palm trees, SFGATE reported.

The low-pressure system coming from the state’s Southwest that brought moisture and uncertainty into the region has triggered the thunderstorms experienced from Santa Barbara to San Diego.