Thunderstorm strikes Lake Elsinore, heads west toward OC with chance of hail – Orange County Register

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A storm system located near Lake Elsinore was moving west towards Orange County Saturday afternoon, bringing with it the chance of penny-sized hail.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued by the National Weather Service from 2 to 3 p.m. for Riverside County and east central Orange County.

The system was still making its way over the Santa Ana mountains around 2:30 p.m., with lightning strikes spotted near Trabuco Canyon. There had been no reports of hail, according to NWS meteorologist Brandt Maxwell. The system was expected to touch down in Orange County east of the 5 Freeway around 3 p.m.

Maxwell said the lightning could pose a danger to residents and, paired with 60 mph winds, carries the risk of starting fires.

The system was expected to affect areas including southwestern Lake Elsinore, Rancho Santa Margarita, Ortega Highway, Trabuco Canyon, Las Flores, Temescal Valley, Trabuco Highlands, Lakeland Village and Coto De Caza.

A flash flood warning beginning at 3 p.m. was also issued for Rancho Santa Margarita and Trabuco Canyon.

 

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