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Bay Area Red-Flag Fire Warnings Extended With More Lightning Strikes Expected

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A lightning strike seen off Highway 101 near South San Francisco. (Rogelio Rodriguez)

A lightning strike seen off Highway 101 near South San Francisco. (Rogelio Rodriguez)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The National Weather Service extended a red-flag warning for parts of the Bay Area, as more lightning was expected to strike Tuesday afternoon and later into the evening, according to KPIX 5 Meteorologist Lawrence Karnow.

The warning was in effect for the East Bay and Santa Cruz Mountains through midnight.

The weather service has recorded over 15,000 lighting strikes in and around the Bay Area since Monday at noon.

Ninety percent of those strikes were reported about 100 miles offshore in the Pacific Ocean.

The dry lighting was caused by a low-pressure system that was hovering in the area.

“We’re getting the lightning outside, but we’re not getting the rain because it’s evaporating before it hits the ground, and that’s why it’s called dry lightning,” Karnow said.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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