The Los Angeles Area Had Its Strongest Tornado In Forty Years- On Wednesday, the unusual tornado that struck the Los Angeles area was the fiercest to hit the region in 40 years.
The Montebello twister had winds of 110 mph, according to the National Weather Service’s EF1 rating. As a result, it was the fiercest tornado to have been spotted in the region since an F2 wreaked havoc in March 1983. The last EF1 tornado hit the area in Long Beach in January 1998.
The tornado that made landfall in Montebello, about 12 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, destroyed trees, cars, and buildings by tearing off their roofs. According to county fire authorities, one person was hurt, and nearly a dozen of the 17 businesses inspected were red-tagged, which means they are no longer fit for use.
You may navigate through a gallery of pictures from Montebello by clicking on the image above. On March 1, 1983, an F2 tornado blasted over what was then South Central Los Angeles as commuters made their way to work. Before dissipating into the clouds close to the Convention Center, it moved north towards USC. More than two dozen people were hurt, and local media reported nine deaths.
However, official records do not support that. The twist, which was 3.5 miles long and 100 yards wide, did cause damage to around 50 homes and seven businesses, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. Here is the analysis from the NCEI.
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That happened during one of recorded history’s most potent and damaging El Nio episodes. El Nio, in 1982–1983 pounded Southern California with torrential rains that led to catastrophic flooding and severely damaged portions of the piers in Santa Monica, Huntington Beach, and other coastal communities. The Venice Pier was also forced to close, and it wouldn’t reopen for another 15 years.
TORNADO CONFIRMED: The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Montebello around 11:20 a.m. Montebello fire officials say only one minor injury has been reported as a result of the tornado activity. #Montebello #tornado MORE: https://t.co/TxR6Xy7qOb pic.twitter.com/wJ2jhkTQQH
— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@FOXLA) March 23, 2023
All winter long, intense storms have pummelled California. According to the National Weather Service, the state has been slammed by at least a dozen severe “atmospheric river”-fueled storms since December, resulting in widespread flooding and other property damage and helping to end a protracted drought. Yet another violent storm sparked the Montebello tornado on the first day of spring.