Lightning and Bacteria on Venice Beach

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A low pressure system producing active thunderstorms 250 miles southwest of Los Angeles could mean rain and possible thunderstorms later today and may be tuesday. The good news is today shouldn’t be as hot as Sunday was.

There is only a 30% change of rain but if thunderstorms do pass through there is a chance of lightning on LA County beaches including Venice.

After lightning  fatally struck 20-year-old Nick Fagnano and injured several others last year on Venice Beach, LA County Lifeguards have been careful to close beaches when the threat prevails.

“If you are unable to get into a building with four walls and a roof for cover, get into your car!” lifeguards warn, “Do not get into ocean.”

If you are thinking of taking a dip today to cool off you may want to check the beach advisories as bacteria levels are still high after last week’s rain. Beach users are asked to avoid Mothers Beach in Marina del Rey and parts of Santa Monica Beach. Venice Beach at the Windward Ave drain currently has an F-grade from Heal the Bay other parts of Venice have an A-grade. Check here for full details.

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