Lifeguards Clear Beaches After Lightening Scare

(FOX11) - Rain and lightening quickly moved across Southern California Tuesday. The sudden storm flooding roads, clearing beaches and scaring locals. One of them shared a picture of a lightening strike.

In Manhattan Beach lifeguards closed off the beaches asking swimmers to seek shelter

"See how dark it is. We could have lightening strikes. we done want anyone on the water," one lifeguard said to a group of kids.

This is the first time LA County LIfeguards preemptively closed all the beaches due to lightening, a precaution after last year's strike killed one and injured dozens.

"I'm stationed at the pier. Shortly after 4:00 pm we saw lightening," Lifeguard Lidia Barillas said of Tuesday's storm.

Barillas was working as a lifeguard on July 27th of 2014 and helped pull the body of 20-year-old Nick Fagano out of the water. She says that moment stays with her.

"It's in my Rolodex of memories. It reminds me of the safety procedures I need to take to keep our lifeguards and the public safe." Barillas said.

The beaches remained closed until 6:00 pm. As quick as the storm came it left. But, not without keep locals on their toes.

"If you do hear thunder you can be struck by lightening. So if you do, seek a safe shelter like a house or building." Barillas said.

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