Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


A Tornado Hit Ventura County

This isn't the first time a tornado has hit the area. In this photo a tornado funnel touches down in Riverside, CA in 2008. (Merri Lynn Casem/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Stories like these are only possible with your help!
Your donation today keeps LAist independent, ready to meet the needs of our city, and paywall free. Thank you for your partnership, we can't do this without you.

Robert Garrova and Jessica Ogilvie contributed to this report.

Strange weather is afoot: The National Weather Service confirmed this morning that a tornado touched down in Ventura County near the Santa Clara River:

Orange County and Santa Barbara County got tornado warnings as well in the early hours of Thursday morning:

Support for LAist comes from

Those warnings were later cancelled.

This isn't the first time that Californians have seen twisters strike.

"They're more common than people realize," said Kathy Hoxsie, a meteorologist with the NWS. Historically, she added, California has seen about six tornadoes a year on average.

Most tornadoes occur in the northern parts of the state, but they can happen further south as well.

Support for LAist comes from

This morning's warning came after an increased level of rotation was observed at low levels in the atmosphere. Parts of Northern California were issued a warning as well:

Tornadoes in California typically occur outside of population centers, and aren't as strong as they are in other parts of the country. But if a warning is issued in your area, Hoxsie suggests heading for the bathroom.

"Bathrooms tend to be smaller rooms, which means structurally, they're stronger," she said.