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Rare tornado destroys small town close to Los Angeles

Rare tornado destroys small town close to Los Angeles

Rare tornado destroys small town close to Los Angeles

Rare tornado destroys small town close to Los Angeles

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  • The tornado in Montebello was the strongest in Los Angeles County since 1983.
  • With wind speeds of up to 110 mph (177 km/h).
  • It caused damage to 17 buildings, 11 of which are now unsafe for habitation.
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A little community south of Los Angeles was torn apart by a tornado, which threw debris into the air and shocked the locals who saw it.

During the altercation on Wednesday night, one individual was reportedly hurt.

The tornado had wind speeds of up to 110 mph (177 km/h), making it the strongest in Los Angeles County since 1983.

Given the recent blitz of terrible weather that has plagued the state, it was the second tornado to slam southern California in the last two days.

The tornado caused damage to 17 buildings in the town.

“We heard a big bang,” said Miriam Braxton, a nearby witness who recalled the events in an interview with media. “We thought it was a car accident.”

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Ms. Braxton, according to her, works right next to the structure that sustained some of the worst tornado damage.

That industrial building’s entire roof was almost torn off by the tornado.

“We didn’t know what to do. We hid under our desks,” she said.

She said that her car was struck by a “huge cloud of debris” that contained garbage, nails, and roof tiles.

According to officials, the tornado struck Montebello shortly after 11:00 local time (18:00 GMT), damaging 17 buildings in all, 11 of which were so severely damaged that they are now considered unsafe for habitation.

The National Weather Service evaluated the damage and assigned the tornado an EF-1 rating on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, a tool for estimating tornado power and impact.

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The rating scale ranges from zero to five.

A NWS representative described tornadoes in the Los Angeles area as “quite rare” during a press briefing.

He continued by saying that they frequently land in different regions of California, the third-largest state in terms of geographical area in the US.

One person, he claimed, received minor wounds and was transported to the hospital, but they seem to be recovering.

“Our hearts go out to everyone who was impacted by the severe weather today,” said Ariel Cohen, a NWS meteorologist on the scene.

“We see the damage was extensive and that many people were affected by it.”

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