CLAREMONT (CBS SF) — Two teenagers in Southern California have a shocking story to tell after they were struck by lightning.

The young couple, known only as Dylan and Lexie, were zapped Thursday while walking down a tree-lined street in Claremont.

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“Next thing you know, we are on the ground and we gave each other the most terrified looks you could possibly imagine,” Lexie said. “It was definitely weird. I kind of thought there was an earthquake.”

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Their doctor believes they avoided serious injuries because they were holding hands, which likely helped to diffuse the electrical current that ran through their bodies.

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Meanwhile around the Bay Area, lightning struck 978 times Thursday night during a dry storm that prompted a Red Flag Warning for fire danger, according to the National Weather Service.