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On Wednesday, a tornado hit Los Angeles County, California, US, inflicting, according to the National Weather Service, minor injuries on a person and damaging at least 17 buildings.
The National Weather Service estimated the tornado's peak winds reached 110 miles per hour (177 kilometers per hour), classifying it as EF-1; touching down in Montebello, it was the county's most severe tornado since 1983.
The National Weather Service noted the tornado, shifting into Los Angeles, battered vehicles, destroyed skylights, crushed a building's roof, cleft a utility pole, and tore a pine tree's foot-wide trunk from its roots.
On Tuesday, an EF-0 tornado damaged 25 mobile homes in Carpinteria, California, in Santa Barbara County and, according to National Weather Service employees, inflicted minor damage to trees in a nearby cemetery.
Tornadoes are uncommon in California — average annual estimates for the state range from fewer than 10 to 11 — and, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported, rarely build strength or attain longevity.
According to CNN, recent months saw flooding and at least 12 atmospheric rivers bring flooding and hurricane-force winds to California. On Tuesday, a San Francisco-area storm killed at least five people, while downing over 700 trees and limbs, as well as power lines; the city noted it received reports of high-rise buildings shedding glass and other debris.
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Gabriella Canon, agencies. "Los Angeles hit by strongest tornado in three decades: 'It got very loud'" — The Guardian, March 23, 2023
Taylor Romine, Brandon Miller, Theresa Waldrop. "Los Angeles area hit by rare tornado – the strongest one to hit the county since 1983" — CNN, March 23, 2023