Friday, December 12, 2014

A Scene from The Day After Tomorrow? Tornado Strikes Los Angeles (Video & Photos)

It's a scene straight out of the movie The Day After Tomorrow, a tornado has struck Los Angeles! Well, it's not quite the same as the dramatic movie but it was a tornado that struck the city of Angels this morning (12/12/2014). What is believed to be the tornado was caught on camera below. Disclaimer: Taking video in a situation like this is extremely dangerous, you should be taking shelter and only recording or photographing from a secure location.
The Los Angeles National Weather Service confirmed that the storm was in fact a EF-0 Tornado. Stating
      "A SMALL TORNADO EF0 CREATED DAMAGE IN SOUTH LOS ANGELES 
       FROM THE INTERSECTION OF S. VERMONT AVE AND W. GAGE AVE 
       TO 57TH STREET AND S. FIQUEROA ST. DAMAGE REPORTED 
       INCLUDES, AN APARTMENT COMPLEX ROOF, TREES, TWO 
       RESIDENTIAL ROOFS, AND DAMAGE TO A STEEL BILLBOARD. EF0 
             WINDS SPEEDS RANGE FROM 65 TO 85 MPH." 
As you can see below in the radar image tweeted out by The Weather Channel, the storm itself was very small but still impressive for the area. Tornadoes are not all too common in the southern California area but they're not unheard of either! According to The Tornado History Project, there have been 42 reported/confirmed tornadoes within the Los Angeles COUNTY since 1952! 
Even a water spout was caught on camera off the coast of Newport beach on 12/12/2014!

And in case you forgot what the tornado looked like in the film The Day After Tomorrow, here you go! 


The short lived tornado in LA on December 12, 2014 is apart of the larger storm system that has also brought surfing to the mountains as winds have produced seven foot waves in Lake Tahoe!