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Woman, 52, and her dogs killed by lightning strike in US

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A woman and two dogs were reportedly killed by lightning while out on a walk Wednesday morning in Southern California, authorities said. The woman’s death was the first known lightning fatality in the United States this year.

The lightning strike was reported near the San Gabriel River in Pico Rivera, a city roughly 10 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, just before 9 a.m. local time, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt.

ABC7 reported that authorities have identified the woman as 52-year-old Antonia Mendoza Chavez and her two dogs — Luna and Chubby.

“We don’t see lightning deaths like this, its rare,” Pico Rivera Sheriff’s Department detective Morgan Arteaga told KABC in an interview on Wednesday. Continue Reading

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