Lightning, thunderstorms and hail developing in south Monterey County

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement due to strong thunderstorms moving through the Central Coast. At 5:41 p.m., doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms 18 Miles northeast of Greenfield, according to the NWS. The storm was moving north at 20 mph. Locally strong winds could occur due to downbursts and there is the potential for small hail. Frequent lightning continues and some thunderstorms may have downpours.The concern to the public is winds above 40 mph, pea size hail and lightning strikes. As of 5:40 p.m. the cities affected by the statement were: Soledad, Greenfield, King City, Gonzales, Chualar and San Lucas.If outdoors, consider seeking shelter inside a building.Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm. Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. Residents should find safe shelter inside a building or vehicle.

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement due to strong thunderstorms moving through the Central Coast.

At 5:41 p.m., doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms 18 Miles northeast of Greenfield, according to the NWS. The storm was moving north at 20 mph. Locally strong winds could occur due to downbursts and there is the potential for small hail. Frequent lightning continues and some thunderstorms may have downpours.

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The concern to the public is winds above 40 mph, pea size hail and lightning strikes.

As of 5:40 p.m. the cities affected by the statement were: Soledad, Greenfield, King City, Gonzales, Chualar and San Lucas.

If outdoors, consider seeking shelter inside a building.

Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm. Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. Residents should find safe shelter inside a building or vehicle.

Contributed by local news sources

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