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Family Struck By Lighting In Central California

TULARE COUNTY (CBS) — A father and his two young children were struck by lightning in Tulare County and lived to tell about it. They’re just grateful to be alive. It happened two weeks ago on a backpacking trip through the Sequoia National Forest. Chris Lovera had just started recording on his video camera as he huddled under a tree during a storm with his kids, Aidan and Nadia. In the moment they may look like happy campers. But for all three of them the memory stops there because of a sudden bolt of lightning. “After that point it was each of us waking up to a different scene,” says Chris. Aidan and Nadia awakened first to see their dad unconscious. Read more at CBSSanFrancisco.com.

NorCal Family Struck By Lighting, Lives To Tell Their Story

TULARE COUNTY (KPIX) — A father and his two young children were struck by lightning in Tulare County and lived to tell about it. They’re just grateful to be alive.

It happened 2 weeks ago on a backpacking trip through the Sequoia National Forest.

Chris Lovera had just started recording on his video camera as he huddled under a tree during a storm with his kids, Aidan and Nadia.

In the moment they may look like happy campers. But for all three of them the memory stops there because of a sudden bolt of lightning.

“After that point it was each of us waking up to a different scene,” says Chris.

Aidan and Nadia awakened first to see their dad unconscious.

“I thought he was dead cuz I was just screaming at him and I couldn’t see him breathing or moving,” says Aiden.

“I got really scared,” adds Nadia.

They’d all been struck by lightning, but had survived.

The bolt of electricity hit a tree nearby before hitting the tree they were under, and then striking them, according to what one witness described later.

“What he does say is that it looked like somebody blew us up,” says Chris. “I mean he saw bodies go into the air he couldn’t tell how many.”

It was enough to paralyze Chris for a few hours, leaving him with first and second degree burns as it wrapped around his body, down his back, to his feet.

A rescue helicopter flew them out.

Their burns were healing but Aiden and his dad were still suffering from hearing loss. Of the three, Chris suffered the worst of the injuries.

“Both of them saw me in this state where they thought I was gone,” says Chris.

He says he will be forever grateful to the off-duty firefighter and others who saw what happened and saved him and his family.

Lighting, Hail, Thunder Greet Morning Commute

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A low pressure system fired pulses of unstable weapon into the East Bay Wednesday morning, triggering lightning, thunder, hail storms and intense downpours, forecasters said. The culprit was the same weather system that triggered freakish lightning storms in the Bay Area on Monday night into early Tuesday. Weather service officials said that about 1,200 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes occurred and nearly 7,000 total flashes were recorded for the entire Bay Area. The lightning was also blamed for seven fires in the Cal Fire San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit’s area of operations. Statewide, there were 6,700 lightning strikes detected. On Wednesday morning, brief intense cloud bursts, lightning, thunder and hail was reported in Eastern Contra Costa County, Walnut Creek, Orinda and Santa Rosa and the North Bay.

The National Weather Service said the low pressure system would move to the southeast during the day, taking with it the threat of unsettled weather.

More Rain, Thunder, Lightning To Hit Bay Area, Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Forecasters say thunderstorms will sweep through Northern California Tuesday, a day after rain, thunder and lightning sparked wildfires, delayed dozens of flights and stalled the start of a Giants-Dodgers game. ALSO READ: Hundreds of lightning strikes hit Northern California on Monday evening, lighting up the sky and sparking at least four wildfires in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. Most blazes were quickly contained but fire crews on Tuesday continued to fight one still burning in a wooded area near the town of Woodside in San Mateo County. National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Rowe says the storms are expected to reach the central Coast first and then travel north Tuesday afternoon. Scattered showers and lighting Monday evening stalled the start of the Giants game at San Francisco’s AT&T Park for nearly three hours. © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Lightning Near Miss At San Francisco International

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CBS SF) — An airline worker was nearly struck by lightning at San Francisco International Airport on Monday night, an airport spokesman said. Around 9:30 p.m., airport staff responded to a report of a possible worker being struck by lightning. They arrived and learned a United Airlines tug driver was towing an empty airplane when lightning struck near him. He was not hit and was released at the scene after being evaluated by medics, SFO spokesman Doug Yakel said. According to the National Weather Service, about 1,200 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes were reported in the Bay Area on Monday and nearly 7,000 flashes were recorded.

After Lightning Delays, SF Giants Hand Dodgers 11th Straight Loss

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The National League-leading Dodgers lost their 11th straight game for the longest skid since the club moved to Los Angeles, finishing their 8-6 defeat to the San Francisco Giants at 2:10 a.m. local time Tuesday morning after a pair of rain and lightning delays late Monday. Hunter Pence hit a go-ahead single in the sixth for San Francisco against Pedro Baez (3-5). Following a 42-minute delay ahead of first pitch, Curtis Granderson struck out against Chris Stratton, then the game immediately entered an even longer delay – this time for 2 hours, 52 minutes, before resuming at 10:50 p.m. local time. The total delay time of 3:34 was more than the game time of 3:22. Los Angeles, which has lost 16 of 17 overall, had its lead atop the NL over idle Washington trimmed to 3 1/2 games. The Dodgers travel to play the Nationals next. The skid topped a pair of 10-game losing streaks in L.A. from 1961 and ’92. The 1944 Brooklyn team lost 16 straight games. L.A. held a season-best 21-game division lead for four days and as recently as Aug. 25, but that has dwindled to nine games over Arizona. An announcement came on the scoreboard during a fourth-inning pitching change: The final BART trains would leave downtown locations at 12:20 a.m. “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch came at 1:25 a.m. And one devoted – or call it crazy – kayaker stayed out in the cove in his craft trying to retrieve baseballs into the wee hours. A hardy group of loyal fans stayed until the final out. Ty Law (4-1) pitched the sixth inning for the win. Yasiel Puig homered in the fifth and Los Angeles came back from down 4-0 but couldn’t hold it. Denard Span splashed a two-run homer into McCovey Cove in the bottom of the first inning against Kenta Maeda. Span batted third for just the fourth time in his career and first this year as manager Bruce Bochy shook up his lineup after San Francisco was outscored 21-2 the past two games at the White Sox. It was his fifth career home run into McCovey Cove beyond the right-field wall. Jarrett Parker homered leading off the second for San Francisco. Once the game resumed, Ty Blach was on the mound and Stratton’s day was done – the shortest start of his career. Sam Dyson, San Francisco’s seventh reliever, pitched the ninth for his 13th save. VOGELSONG RETIRING Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong will retire as a Giant on Sunday, when he will take the AT&T Park mound once more as San Francisco honors him. The 40-year-old Vogelsong was drafted by the Giants in the fifth round of the 1998 amateur draft and made his major league debut in their waterfront ballpark on Sept. 2, 2000, finishing his 12-year career 61-75 with a 4.81 ERA while pitching two stints each for San Francisco and Pittsburgh. “He’s done some great things for us, for the Giants,” Bochy said. “We’re trying to do something special for him.” TRAINER’S ROOM Dodgers: With Hyun-Jin Ryu being skipped in the rotation during the San Francisco series for extra rest, he was set to throw a simulated game of four or five innings Tuesday. Giants: 1B Brandon Belt is unlikely to play again this season because of a concussion and is still unable to do baseball activities. “I would be surprised at this point,” Bochy said. UP NEXT LHP Clayton Kershaw (16-3, 2.15 ERA) makes his third start for the Dodgers since coming off the disabled list with a lower back strain, having gone 20-9 with a 1.62 ERA in in 39 career games and 38 starts against San Francisco. Kershaw lasted just 3 2/3 innings in his last start against Colorado on Sept. 7. RHP Johnny Cueto (7-7, 4.43) also makes his third start since coming off the DL. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued For Sierra Nevada Mountains

The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for West Central Alpine County, southeastern El Dorado County, northeastern Calaveras County, and northeastern Amador County. The warning will remain in effect until 5:15 p.m. Friday. A 4:22 pm, severe thunderstorms were located near Kit Carson and Bear Valley, moving northwest at 15 mph. Radar indicated there was quarter-size hail. Affected areas include Bear Valley, Lake Alpine, Tamarack, Kit Carson and Shriner Lake Campground. Large hail, damaging winds, and continuous cloud-to-ground lightning are occurring with this storm.