(SOURCE) A small, rare tornado raged through a South Los Angeles neighborhood Friday morning, launching wood and trash into the air amid a rainstorm that pelted Southern California.
The unusual event occurred about 9:20 a.m. near the intersection of Gage and Vermont avenues (map) in the Vermont-Slauson area.
The National Weather Service confirmed late Friday afternoon that the high winds were indeed a “small EF0 tornado.” Such tornadoes have wind speeds of 65 to 85 mph, the weather service said.
Amateur video of the tornado show debris sailing through the air and roof tiles circling wildly overhead and then coming down with a crash on top of a home.
The roof of an apartment building was lifted off into the air and a day care center was damaged, residents said. The tornado lasted less than a minute, according to witnesses.
“All of sudden, we heard banging and booming and my door flew open,” said Candy Ward, who had been watching TV with her granddaughter.
“We looked outside and everything was flying down the sidewalk. We saw the roof of the top of my building come flying off,” Ward said. “It was really wild.”