The National Weather Service has extended a red-flag warning for parts of the Bay Area – including the East Bay hills – as more lightning is expected to strike this afternoon and later into the evening, Bay City News reports.
The warning also in effect for the Santa Cruz Mountains runs through midnight.
Since noon Monday, the weather service has recorded more than 15,000 lighting strikes in and around the Bay Area, 90 percent of which were reported about 100 miles offshore in the Pacific Ocean, forecaster Steve Anderson said.
"This is the typical weather that Phoenix and other desert areas experience, without the heat," Anderson said. "The low pressure will spin off through today and slowly start moving northeast Wednesday afternoon.”