Lava-fueled storm produced more than 1,000 lightning strikes

U.S. Geological Survey This drone photo, taken in the overnight hours of July 2-3, shows fissure No. 8 with rolling lava fountains remaining within the cinder cone and a flowing incandescent channel. The black jigsaw-like features in the lower center of the photo are pieces of cooled lava crust flowing on the surface of the channel.

Monday’s thunderstorm over the active lava fields in the lower East Rift Zone of Kilauea volcano produced about 1,200 lightning strikes between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.