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Thunderstorms put on a show across the Central Coast

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Thunderstorms lit up the sky across the Central Coast and rattled nerves overnight Sunday into Monday morning.

For many, it was a time to enjoy the weather and capture incredible photos and video.

“There was literally flashes of light every five seconds and then loud booms everywhere and then the rain started coming,” explained Garrett Woodward from San Luis Obispo.

As anticipated, thunder, lightning, and downpours provided a rare, yet astonishing show for many in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

“It was beautiful. You could see the sky light up over the ocean, it was yellow and red, it was just really phenomenal,” said Kathy Bishop, tourist.

While many say it was pleasant to watch the dramatic lightning and hear the roaring thunder, some parents could not quite agree.

“It just kept waking these guys up, like, every time they’d go to sleep a big thunder would go and they would wake up so it was a rough night of sleep at our house,” said Amy Leseman, San Luis Obispo resident.

Her babies weren’t the only ones startled by the sounds.

“Our dog wasn’t too happy about it when we got home. He was curled up under the covers kind of freaking out,” Leseman said.

David George says his dog was frightened as well.

“The dog was not very happy about it. She ended up sleeping in the bathroom because there was no windows there,” George said.

Most can agree it was a unique experience. 

“It’s just something we don’t get to see a lot around here,” said Julie Larsen of Nipomo.

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