"This EF0 tornado is the first tornado in L.A. County in about 7 years and it has been about 10 years since a tornado affected L.A. city," Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese said early Saturday. California bore the brunt of a powerful storm system this week. Parts of the south got more than 50 mm of rain, contributing to highway accidents and triggering mudslides that damaged several homes, including 10 that were declared uninhabitable, according to NBC. Hundreds of thousands of customers were without power statewide, including several thousand in areas affected by the L.A. tornado.
Tornadoes are rare in California, but they do happen. Golden Gate Weather Services says the state recorded almost 400 twisters from 1950 to 2011, but more than 80 per cent of those were rated F0 or F1, over a season that runs from November to May, with March historically being the peak month.
Over that period, no tornado-related deaths have been recorded, although 85 people were injured, including 30 who were hurt by a tornado in south-central L.A. in 1983. That twister also damaged 50 homes.
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Weather Network | Gewijzigd: 13 december 2014, 17:16 uur, door Justin