Rain showers, thunderstorms hitting Southern California – Orange County Register

ANAHEIM — Showers descended on Orange County Tuesday afternoon, bringing strong winds and thunder to some areas.

At 4:32 p.m. August 1, the National Weather Service issued a warning for the storm: “Doppler radar was tracking a thunderstorm near Santa Ana moving west at 10 mph. Pea size hail, lightning and winds in excess of 35 mph will be possible with this storm. There is a slight chance for a lightning strike near Huntington or Seal Beach.”

The affected areas are Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Garden Grove, Orange, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Seal Beach, Newport Beach, Westminster and Buena
Park.

The rain followed the combination of high heat — around 90 degrees in Anaheim — and more than 50 percent humidity. The evening is supposed to cool to about 70 degrees but some showers and storms may persist.

Along the coast, forecasters warned of rougher waters.

A beach hazard statement was in effect for elevated surf and strong rip currents through Tuesday evening, according to the National Weather Service. South swells will produce surf as high as 6 and 7 feet in south Orange County and north San Diego. Newport Beach reached temperatures in the mid-70s and would dip to high 60s.

The beaches in Huntington Beach were closed Tuesday afternoon, according to the police department. The city is hosting the U.S. Open of Surfing and officials said they are evacuating the event activities, which were mostly over by the time the rain began.

On Wednesday, isolated thunderstorms were still predicted until the evening. The clouds and rain are expected to be gone by Thursday morning.

The public took to Twitter to post about the unusual Southern California rainstorm.

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