Residents in the Coachella Valley woke up Thursday morning to lightning, while some woke up with no power.
Southern California Edison reported two outages: Palm Springs and Palm Desert.
The Palm Springs blackout happened around 5:20 a.m. and affected 1,500 customers. As of 2:00 p.m., the power had been restored except to approximately 21 customers.
The incident in Palm Desert occurred around 8:35 a.m. and affected 1,300 customers, according to SCE. The outage blanketed a section of the city bordered by Highway 111, Grapevine Street, Deep Canyon and Edgehill Drive.
But, the day began with a lightning show. “It was dark. It was beautiful,” said Saul Martinez, who had been working since 5:30 a.m. “We saw everything.”
The morning eventually gave way to rain. It covered the desert for the first time since mid-July.
“It’s different,” said Martha Olvera, from Indio. “It’s always too hot out here. [The rain] makes everything look nicer out here, especially with everything dried up. Everything starts to grow green again.”