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Photos: Gorgeous Lightning Strikes Over SoCal Last Night

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Port of Long Beach lightning strike, as seen from Belmont Shore (Photo courtesy of Ryan Allison via Flickr)
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Last night, Southern California saw a series of lightning strikes, making for some really beautiful photo opportunities.

A cold storm system, which moved through the Southland, prompted authorities to close beaches from Palos Verdes to Malibu as a precaution to the lightning strikes, the L.A. Times reports. The L.A. County Fire Department Lifeguard Division had to rescue a kite boarder.

Although most of Southern California wasn't affected by rain, the San Gabriel Valley and foothills had heavy rain, and flood advisories were issued for those areas.

There was even small hail in Malibu and Simi Valley.

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For the rest of us, it was a little chillier than it's been in weeks, and we got to see some beautiful lightning strikes from Orange County to the South Bay:

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The Dana Point lightning strike captured on Nov. 3 from a drone flying 900 feet above Irvine (Photo courtesy of OC Storm Drone/Twitter)

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San Diego had their fair share of lightning strikes, too, that were caught on camera:

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