READERS’ LENS: Long Beach got a show with a rare thunderstorm. Here are your best shots

A storm blew into Long Beach and Los Angeles County Monday afternoon, knocking out power in some parts of the city, closing beaches and even starting a tree fire in East Long Beach that was quickly extinguished

Despite all this, it’s safe to say most of Long Beach was in awe Monday evening with the lightning and thunder that lasted into the night. (We’re aware that we Southern Californians are not hard to entertain when it comes to weather.)

Capturing that perfect lightning shot is tough, so we wanted to highlight our readers’ coolest shots.

In this totally Long Beach shot, photographer Elliott Vecchia caught a lightning bolt on the horizon with the Queen Mary and Port in the foreground. Photo by Elliott Vecchia (@elliott_vecchia)

A view from Signal Hill looking south, as lighting flashes across the sky Monday evening October 4, 2021.
Photo by Stephen Carr

Lightning along the beach in Long Beach. Photo by Sherman Austin (@shermanaustin)

Lightning along the beach in Long Beach. Photo by Sherman Austin (@shermanaustin)

Photo by Demetra Hunter-Pearson

A lightning bolt strikes behind a crematorium. Photo by Maggie St. Thomas (@

Photo by Daniel Gomez.

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