Thousands Of Lightning Strikes Hit Bay Area

SAN MATEO (CBS SF) — Lightning strikes were reported in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties Monday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Starting around 10:30 p.m. lightning strikes were reported near Pescadero and the Santa Cruz mountains.

Thousands of lightning strikes hit the Bay Area Monday night. (Photo: Aaron Matthews)

Thousands of lightning strikes hit the Bay Area Monday night. (Photo: Aaron Matthews)

More than 11,000 strikes were reported around the Bay Area since 8 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

KPIX 5 Meteorologist Lawrence Karnow said the lightning strikes could continue Tuesday, adding to already high fire danger.

Red flag warnings were in effect for the East Bay, and Santa Cruz mountains.

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