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August 19, 2023 (Jacumba Hot Springs) -- Outer bands of Hurricane Hilary have sparked an estimated 1,000 cloud-to-cloud lighting strikes in San Diego County, the National Weather Service says.  At the Desert View Tower in Jacumba Hot Springs, overlooking Imperial Valley, Gabrielle Schultz had a birds-eye view and shot this dramatic video of a lightning storm before dawn this morning.


Ben Schultz posted this description on Facebook: “Continuous lightning. I can actually look around and see the landscape from the constant lightning. The sound of thunder is so constant that it all blends together into one dull sound.”

The National Weather Service urges everyone to go indoors when thunder roars, since lightning can travel 10 miles or more, even when the sky above is blue without rain.

More thunderstorms are forecast as the eye of the storm reaches San Diego Sunday night, when it is expected to become a tropical cyclone, also known as a tropical storm.


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