Dust ripped off roofs and tore down vehicles in a Southern California city on Wednesday as a storm swept across the western United States, already hit hard by a series of storm events.
A gust of wind blew over the city of Montebello, near Los Angeles, forcing its residents to evacuate.
“I was driving.
“The dust ripped the roof off the building, all the car windows were broken. Vehicles were wrecked, it was a mess.”
The images showed what appeared to be part of a floating industrial roof.
Air strikes were recorded in several holes in the roofs, and pipes and factories were bent or broken after his passage, and cars were pulled from parking lots.
The National Weather Service (NWS) said it was tracking the storm event, which it said was a “weak tornado” and another in Carpinteria, further north, “damaged about 25 mobile homes.”
Tornadoes, violent columns of rotating air that touch the ground, are nature’s most powerful hurricanes, according to the US Weather Service.
Winds can reach up to 300 miles per hour and destroy a neighborhood in seconds.
The meteorological service estimates that both events reported storms of up to 136 kilometers per hour.
Also, “there’s been signs of a tornado through California that has hit a populated area and caused complete destruction,” said meteorologist Daniel Swain on Twitter.
The next day, strong storms hit already flooded California with more water and snow, downed trees, and knocked out power for thousands of people.
Flood warnings have been issued in several communities, while others are still under water.
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California has been hit by a dozen atmospheric rivers in recent weeks. These wet weather systems from the Pacific dumped sheets of snow and dumped torrential rains on regions of the West that have suffered two decades of historic drought.
Scientists say that climate change, through human activity, is exacerbating these weather impacts, causing more intense periods of drought and a more humid rainy season.