Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Whatta Day for L.A. Weather: Here's The 30th Floor View from the Miracle Mile

Thunder, lightning, hail, tornado, flooding... it was quite a day for weather in Los Angeles and Southern California. And it ain't over yet.

The clouds parted this afternoon, allowing for some amazing views of the region via our 30th floor perch at Variety's Miracle Mile tower. I was especially wowed by the views of San Fernando Valley clouds peaking over the Hollywood Hills, as you can see above and below.

Fox 11's Mark Thompson just tweeted that "More rain developing tomorrow and tomorrow night and then again Thursday...Afraid it's gonna get even uglier." And here's the round up from the L.A. Times:

A powerful storm that hit the Southern California coast this afternoon caused at least one tornado, four water spouts and winds of up to 80 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

“We have everything going today,” said the Weather Service spokesman Bill Hoffer.

Long Beach, Seal Beach, San Pedro and Huntington Beach were hit hardest by the fast-moving storm, which flooded streets, damaged homes, produced hail and ice and stranded cars on the 710 Freeway.

Witnesses reported seeing a tornado touch down in Sunset Beach and lift boats out of the water as it came onshore, sheriff’s officials said.

Sheriff’s deputies were responding to reports that a tornado or waterspout had touched down near Anderson Street and Pacific Coast Highway, lifting several catamarans 30 feet to 50 feet in the air, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino.

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