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BING, BANG, BOOM! THUNDER, LIGHTNING PUT ON BIG SHOW.

Byline: Daily News

PALMDALE - Thunderstorms remain a possibility today after a powerful overnight storm produced spectacular lightning displays around the Antelope Valley.

The overnight storm dropped rain measured at 0.21 of an inch at Edwards Air Force Base, brought winds measured at 58 mph north of Lake Los Angeles and 50 mph south of Palmdale and caused sporadic power outages.

About 4 a.m. Monday, hundreds of lightning strikes and booming thunder claps awakened Antelope Valley residents. City and law enforcement offficials reported no serious damage.

On Monday afternoon, a lightning strike sparked a small brush fire in a remote canyon in the Angeles National Forest south of Agua Dulce. About a half-acre burned in Nelson Canyon near Soledad Canyon Road, but was quickly doused by a water-dropping helicopter.

The National Weather Service predicted a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms this afternoon in the Antelope Valley.

Mostly sunny skies with high temperatures in the upper 80s and 90s are expected to return Wednesday and persist through the weekend.

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(1 -- color) Lightning strikes across the western skies in Lancaster early Monday as thunderstorms put on a dazzling display.

(2 -- 3 -- color) Lightning strikes Lancaster in photos at left and above. About 4 a.m. Monday, hundreds of such strikes and booming thunder claps awakened Antelope Valley residents.

Gene Blevins/Special to the Daily News

(4 -- color) Storm clouds roll over hilltops Monday above homes off Red Rover Mine Road near the 14 Freeway in Acton.

John Lazar/Staff Photographer
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Aug 16, 2005
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