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Tornado Warnings Issued for LA and Orange County [Updated]

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A waterspout was spotted off Seal Beach and two tornado warnings were issued as severe storm cells rolled in off the Pacific this afternoon. At 12:45 p.m. a tornado warning was issued for Orange County until 1:30 p.m. (extended to 2 p.m.) as the National Weather Service reported a storm cell heading northeast toward the Newport / Huntington Beach coast.

The waterspout was sighted at 1:02 pm moving northeast toward the coast, according to NWS. Witnesses reported golf ball-sized hail in the Seal Beach area and a brief funnel cloud.

At 12:36 p.m., doppler radar indicated a storm capable of producing a tornado in southern LA county headed for Long Beach and Whittier. This warning expired at 1:15 p.m. No funnel clouds have been reported.

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Orange County Warning (expired at 1:30 p.m.):
Tornado warning for... Orange County in Southwest California... this includes the cities of...Seal Beach...Huntington Beach...Westminster...Garden Grove...Irvine...Fullerton...Costa Mesa...Anaheim... * until 130 pm * at 1237 pm...National Weather Service doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado 17 miles southwest of Huntington Beach...moving northeast at 30 mph.

The tornado will be near:

  • Huntington Beach by 1:10 pm...
  • Fountain Valley...Costa Mesa...Westminster and Garden Grove by 1:20 pm...
  • Santa Ana by 1:25 pm...
  • Tustin...Tustin Foothills...Orange and 6 miles northwest of Irvine by 1:30 pm...

LA County Warning (expired 1:15pm): Tornado Warning For... South Central Los Angeles County in Southwest California... this includes the City Of Long Beach...* Until 115 pm

* At 1232 pm...National Weather Service Doppler Radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado 16 miles southwest of Long Beach...moving northeast at 35mph.

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