#National Weather Service confirms tornado hits Southern California city of Montebello

National Weather Service confirms tornado hits Southern California city of Montebello

A  tornado hit the city of Montebello in Southern California, damaging buildings as the National Weather Service assesses the rare weather event. 

The tornado hit Wednesday at about 11:20 a.m. PT in the city less than 10 miles southeast of Los Angeles, the National Weather Service said.

Montebello city spokesman Alex Gillman said information was still being gathered about the extent of the damage and whether anyone was injured.

The city closed some streets “due to a weather-related incident.”

The National Weather Service about 8 p.m. ET confirmed a tornado hit Montebello, but the agency said, “we are still assessing the damage.”

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Earlier in the day, several videos posted on Twitter and shared with local news stations showed what appeared to be pieces of roofs ripped off building and debris twisting in the sky, as some cars were moved around and damaged. 

National Weather Service still investigating damage

The NWS had said Wednesday afternoon it was sending a survey team to Montebello to investigate the possible tornado, and to look into another possible tornado, which hit Tuesday and damage several mobile homes in the city of Carpinteria in Santa Barbara County.

“We will post any information about the possible tornado(es) over Carpinteria and/or Montebello as soon as we get them after our damage survey is complete,” the NWS Los Angeles said

Debris is seen after a possible tornado which damaged several buildings Wednesday, March 22, 2023 in Montebello, Calif.

Possible tornados come during severe weather 

The possible tornados occurred as the state is being hit with more rain and snow, as well as strong wind gusts in another storm meteorologists called a “bomb cyclone.”

Two people in state were killed Tuesday. 

Damage to a building is seen on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 in Montebello, Calif., after a possible tornado.

Contributing: Associated Press

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Tornado hits Montebello, California; buildings reportedly damaged

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