Los Angeles Area Hit By Rare Tornado, Strongest Since 1983

  • At least one person was injured after a rare tornado hit a city just southeast of Los Angeles Wednesday, local officials said.
  • The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado “briefly touched down” in an industrial park and warehouse district in the city of Montebello and rated the tornado an EF-1 with estimated peak winds of 110 mph – the strongest tornado to hit the Los Angeles area since 1983.
  • The “intense microcell” damaged at least 17 buildings, 11 so severely the fire department deemed them too dangerous to use, according to Michael Chee, a city public information officer.