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Lightning strikes the surface of the ocean on Monday, Oct. 24, off the coast of San Clemente and Dana Point. Photo: Courtesy of Matt Larmand
Lightning strikes the surface of the ocean on Monday, Oct. 24, off the coast of San Clemente and Dana Point. Photo: Courtesy of Matt Larmand

By Eric Heinz

A major thunderstorm and frequent lightning strikes descended upon San Clemente on Monday morning, Oct. 23, which struck multiple trees in San Clemente and South Orange County, causing them to catch on fire, according to Orange County Fire Authority officials.

A few infrequent power outages were also reported due to lightning strikes to electrical transformers and other infrastructure.

No injuries were reported from the storm. San Clemente rarely sees lightning, especially around its coastal areas.

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