Lightning injured a Kern County resident when he was pushing a stroller with his baby and in the company of a dog

Southern California had several thunderstorms on Wednesday.

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A man had to be hospitalized after be struck by lightning this Wednesday morning in the town of Ridgecrestin Kern County.

The Ridgecrest Police Department reported that the incident occurred at approximately 7:35 a.m. when A resident in his 30s was walking his dog while pushing his son in a stroller on South Norma Street, near West Bowman Road, when lightning struck him on the top of the head, traveled through his body and came out of his foot.

Bystanders with medical knowledge provided CPR assistance to the victim until officers and medical personnel arrived at the scene, according to police.

The resident eventually regained consciousness and was transferred to a local hospital to receive medical treatment, but his current state of health is unknown.

The police reported that the injured resident’s son and dog were uninjured.

The incident at Ridgecrest happened moments before a 52-year-old Hispanic woman and her two dogs were killed by lightning in Pico Riverain Los Angeles County.

At 8:50 a.m., Antonia Mendoza Chavez and her two dogs were struck by lightning while walking near the intersection of Rimbank Avenue and Mines Avenue, in the area of ​​a river, in the community located about 15 miles southeast of the Center of Los Angeles.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued an alert since Tuesday afternoon about the possibility of thunderstorms in different regions of Southern California in the course of Wednesday, with the risk for people who were outdoors of being struck by lightning.

According to NWS storm data, The United States has an average of 43 reported lightning deaths per year for the last 30 years. This figure was 27 between 2009 and 2019.

Near to 10% of people who were struck by lightning die from the phenomenonaccording to the NWS.

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