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Woman and both dogs killed by lightning while out for a walk during storm

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The 52-year-old Californian’s final moments were captured on her home’s doorbell camera yesterday morning as she headed out to walk her pets

A woman and her two dogs have been found dead after being struck by lightning while out for a morning walk.

The freak accident happened yesterday (Wednesday, June 22) as a rare series of severe storms battered southern California. The bodies were later discovered by passers-by near the San Gabriel River in Pico Rivera.

Police and rescue workers were called to the area around 9 a.m., according to officials.

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But despite medics’ best efforts to resuscitate the woman – who has been identified as Antonia Mendoza Chavez, 52 – both she and her pets were pronounced dead at the scene, the Metro reports.

The lightning strike – one of 3,700 recorded overnight in the region – also caused an indentation on the nearby sidewalk, prompting locals to stay indoors until the bad weather passes.

“We should all be cautious with this activity in the area,” said Pico Rivera City Manager Steve Carmona.

“We want everyone to be careful. There’s a lot of instability in the air. Just be careful and do your best to stay indoors at this time.”

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Some local residents were shocked by the incident.

“I told my granddaughter and her friend not to walk to school, I’m taking them,” said Mary Perez, who lives near the site of the strike.

“I didn’t think[Blitz]could actually do that. It’s just awful.”

A deadly lightning strike last occurred in Southern California in 2014, killing a 20-year-old man.

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