Light­ning storm dims Fri­day night lights

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Anh Do anh.do@la­times.com

A thun­der­storm lit up the South­land sky Fri­day night, with rain fall­ing widely across the re­gion.

Light­ning struck palm trees at the Joint Forces Train­ing Base in Los Alami­tos, set­ting six to 10 trees on fire, said Capt. Steve Con­cialdi of the Or­ange County Fire Au­thor­ity. For­tu­nately, there were no build­ings close by, he added.

About a dozen fire­fight­ers were sent to the scene along the 4300 block of Far­quhar Av­enue.

Con­cialdi said the crews were “mak­ing sure the fires were fully ex­tin­guished so that em­bers don’t get picked up in the wind” and start spot fires near homes, busi­nesses or veg­e­ta­tion.

Of­fi­cials at fire agen­cies and the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice is­sued warn­ings for peo­ple to stay in­doors, not­ing that light­ning can strike as far as 10 miles from a thun­der­storm. “When thun­der roars, stay in­doors,” tweeted the Los An­ge­les County Fire Depart­ment.

Fore­casts show a chance for more rain and thun­der­storms through Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Light­ning strikes at Santa Ana Sta­dium sent spec­ta­tors at the much-an­tic­i­pated foot­ball game pit­ting the na­tion’s No. 1 high­school team, St. John Bosco, against No. 2 Mater Dei scram­bling for cover and caus­ing sev­eral de­lays be­fore the game was fi­nally post­poned to Satur­day.

So­cial me­dia feeds filled up with sports fans lament­ing the in­ter­rup­tions, with one ob­server post­ing on Face­book: “Of all days! It would rain tonight on the big­gest game of the sea­son, ri­val teams, Bosco vs. Mater Dei! Rain­ing cats and dogs.”

Santa Ana po­lice re­ported that 5,000 peo­ple had gath­ered for the game. Shortly be­fore the game started, light­ning struck a tree out­side the sta­dium.

“Crazy weather!!” one fan said on­line. “This is the game of the week.”

Fans were out in force to see their teams and not happy about the weather.

“Ev­ery­body’s like, ‘Let them play. Let them play. We want to see ac­tion,’ ” said Bev­erly Masa­niai Palelei, a Santa Ana res­i­dent.

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