Saturday summer bummer on Socal beaches as a authorities have ordered beachgoers off the sand over intense lightning strikes.

Lightning along the coastline around 8 a.m. prompted the clearing, according to the L.A. County Fire department. The closure remains in effect and it was unclear how long they would remain closed.


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Beachgoers were advised to take lifeguards’ advice and seek shelter indoors. “If thunder roars, go indoors,” the Fire Department tweeted. Showers and thunderstorms began to develop around 7 a.m. and became “more widespread” by 9 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. Heavy rains were possible, and similar weather activity was predicted to soon hit Ventura County. h/t ktla

Prior to the beach clearing, the Fire Department stated 4-to 7-foot surf was expected at south-facing beaches, which also faced an increased risk of rip currents.