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Fire, rain and 2,500 lightning bolts: Summer storm wows the Central Coast

Thunderstorms hit SLO County as monsoon weather sweeps the Central Coast

San Luis Obispo County gets rain, lightning and thunder on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, when it's usually dry on the Central Coast.
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San Luis Obispo County gets rain, lightning and thunder on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, when it's usually dry on the Central Coast.

Wednesday’s turbulent weather on the Central Coast led to thousands of lightning strikes, some rain and two wildfires.

The region was hit by lighting more than 2,500 times yesterday, according to PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey. And two wildfires were sparked by lightning east of Santa Margarita, according to Cal Fire SLO.

SLO County also saw some rain. Diablo Canyon recorded 0.08 inches, and the rain gauge off Highway 41 between Morro Bay and Atascadero recorded 0.35 inches, Lindsey said.

The hot and humid weather brought by the rain is here to stay for just a little longer as a low pressure system west of San Luis Obispo keeps subtropical moisture over the region, Lindsey said. Paso Robles is forecast to reach triple-digit temperatures Thursday afternoon, coastal valleys will hit the mid-80s and the beaches will stay in the 70s.

But don’t fret: By Friday, our weather will be back to normal, Lindsey said.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

A Cal Fire helicopter performs an air drop on the Camatta Fire east of Santa Margarita on Wednesday, August 2, 2017.

Cal Fire was battling two fires east of Santa Margarita on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 2 and 3, 2017. The Camatta and Red fires were both caused by lightning in the area of Highway 58 and Red Hill Road.

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