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More Lightning in Bay Area Forecast

If you liked the light show Monday night, Tuesday is expected to be a repeat



    Red Flag Warning Puts Bay Area on Alert

    NBC Bay Area's Jeff Ranieri and Jean Elle provide team coverage on the Red Flag warning in the region and how firefighters are preparing. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013)

    Mother Nature treated the Bay Area to a rare lightning storm Monday night. Some people said they were awakened by the accompanying thunder overnight.

    And if you like watching lightning - there is another potential evening show scheduled tonight.

    The National Weather Service issued a "hazardous weather outlook" for parts of the Bay Area until Wednesday as showers and thunderstorms may spark lightning and hail.

    The regions that are affected include Point Reyes National Seashore, the Peninsula, Santa Clara Valley and the San Jose border to Monterey County.

    The red flag warning includes the chance of showers and thunderstorms, as well as an "abundant" amount of lightning that could last through Wednesday.

    There were thousands of lightning strikes in the Bay Area Monday night with more forecast for Tuesday.

    NBC Bay Area meteorologist Christina Loren said while most of the lightning was concentrated on the peninsula Monday night it could move east into the Santa Clara Valley Tuesday and the eastern foothills above 1,000 feet.

    Red Flag Warning For Bay Area

    [BAY] Red Flag Warning For Bay Area
    Meteorologist Christina Loren has your Bay Area weather forecast.
    (Published Monday, Aug. 19, 2013)

    The reason for the unusual weather pattern is a humid air mass overhead. If it stays unstable Tuesday, then the skies will light up again.

    Below are just a few of the photos viewers sent us:

    MORE: Severe Weather Alerts

    Firefighters are already battling nine major wildfires throughout California.

    CAL FIRE says it has increased staffing to prepare for the heightened fire potential.

    The same can be said for the Moraga-Orinda Fire Department and other departments all over the Bay Area.

    The extra staffing helped the Moraga-Orinda Fire Department handle a brush fire that threatened homes in Orinda Monday afternoon.