Man Survives After Being Hit By Lightning While Pushing Baby

A Kern County man was struck by lightning whereas strolling his canine and pushing a toddler right into a stroller early Wednesday, the identical day a lady and her two canine have been struck by lightning in Pico Riviera, officers mentioned.

In accordance with the Ridgecrest Police Division, an unidentified man was struck by lightning whereas strolling by way of his neighborhood in Ridgecrest, east of Bakersfield. Police mentioned the person survived and there was no hurt to the kid and the canine.

In accordance with Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin, when police arrived on the scene at 7:40 a.m., they discovered a person performing CPR on an unconscious man. The person was ultimately revived and brought to a neighborhood hospital.

His situation was not instantly recognized.

Lower than two hours later and 150 miles south, 52-year-old Antonia Mendoza Chavez and her two canine have been killed by lightning in Pico Rivera, officers mentioned. She was pronounced lifeless on the scene.

In accordance with officers, Chavez was strolling a path alongside the San Gabriel River when she was struck by lightning simply earlier than 9 a.m. Wednesday. A passerby alerted emergency officers after beforehand noticing a collection of singe holes hitting Chávez on the bottom and alongside the asphalt street the place the sunshine strike had occurred.

In accordance with the Nationwide Lightning Security Council, Chavez’s loss of life was the primary lightning strike within the nation this yr. In accordance with the group, deadly assaults are nonetheless pretty uncommon, however have occurred between 11 and 40 instances a yr over the previous decade.

Nationwide Climate Service meteorologist David Candy in Oxnard mentioned Wednesday’s thunderstorms hit Southern California forward of the conventional monsoon season.

“Yesterday’s thunderstorms exceeded the conventional quantity that California will see presently of yr,” Candy mentioned.

Usually, the monsoon season does not arrive till mid-July, which may be accompanied by thunder and lightning.

“Now we have this recommendation, like a poem for individuals to recollect: ‘If there is a roar, go indoors.’ We’re speaking a couple of good, sturdy constructing or perhaps a automotive that may be a protected place in a thunderstorm,” Candy mentioned.

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