A woman and her two dogs were struck by lightning and killed Wednesday morning.
Authorities on scene were conducting an investigation to try and determine the exact circumstances leading to the deaths, after receiving a call at around 9 am
First responders attempted to revive the woman before she was pronounced dead, along with both of her dogs.
They were found lying near the San Gabriel Riverbed.
She has not yet been identified due to the ongoing nature of the investigation and notification of next of kin.
“It’s devastating,” said Mary Perez, a woman who lives in the area. “I mean my heart aches. I heard she’s a younger lady. It’s scary.”
As a result, Pico Rivera city officials have called for all crews to work indoors for the duration of Wednesday.
“We’re ordering our crews indoors for now because of the volatility we have in our thunderstorms,” said Pico Rivera City Manager Steve Carmona. “For residents, we’ll be sending out a notification just to give them a warning to be careful.”
Summer camps were also ordered indoors for the day.
In an official statement, the City of Pico Rivera, which read in part:
“This morning at approximately 9:00 am it was reported to the City by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that a woman walking her two dogs along the San Gabriel Flood Control District was struck and killed by an apparent lightning strike. The woman and her dogs perished as a result of the lightning strike.”
It continued to note that, “while lightning strikes are rare in Southern California, they occurred frequently overnight with over 3,700 lightning strikes recorded in the region.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “About 40 million lightning strikes hit the ground in the United States each year. But the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are less than one in a million, and almost 90% of all lightning strike victims survive. The odds of being struck multiple times is even less, with the record being seven times in one lifetime. There are some factors that can put you at greater risk for being struck, such as participating in outdoor recreational activities or working outside.”
The lightning, which was brought through Southern California by a monsoonal storm that originally generated in Baja California, was accompanied bythat affected many regions of the Southland.