Woman and her two dogs dead after being struck by lightning on morning walk

A woman and her two dogs were killed after being struck by lightning during a morning walk.

All three were heading along the San Gabriel Flood Control District on Wednesday morning when they were hit, officials said.

Police and emergency responders were called to the area around Mines and Rimbank avenues near the San Gabriel River around 9am, according to officials.

The woman and her two dogs were discovered lying near the riverbed. First responders tried to revive her and her pups, before pronouncing them dead.

They were apparently struck as lightning storms passed through Southern California.

The lightning strike caused an indentation mark on the pavement.

An investigation was ongoing and the woman was not immediately identified pending notification of next of kin.

Following the incident, the city manager warned residents to stay indoors until storms pass.

‘We should all be cautious with this activity that’s in the area,’ Pico Rivera City Manager Steve Carmona told FOX 11. ‘We want everybody 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.’

The city stated that ‘while lightning strikes are rare in Southern California, they occurred frequently overnight with over 3,700 lightning strikes recorded in the region’.