A tornado ripped parts of rooftops from buildings and spewed debris in South Los Angeles on Friday as a powerful fall storm walloped the region, the National Weather Service confirmed.
The small EF0 tornado touched down about 9:20 a.m. and damaged an apartment complex roof, the roofs of two homes and a steel billboard, and knocked down trees.
Video captured by a witness showed winds bending palm trees before a sudden surge of roof material and debris went flying into the air.
The twister blew through streets from South Vermont and West Gage avenues to 57th and Figueroa streets, according to the NWS.
Wind speeds during the tornado reached 65 to 85 mph.
The whirling wind comes on a day when rains soaked SoCal, sending mudslides into Ventura County neighborhoods and burying homes under piles of rocks.
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