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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Rong-Gong Lin II
A flash flood watch remained in effect for large parts of Southern California  amid a powerful rainstorm that will keep the region wet through Sunday. Officials warned of possible coastal flooding and waves topping 12 feet at some beaches Saturday. In the mountains, snow levels dropped to 5,500 feet. On Friday night, the storms brought lightning and strong winds. Early Saturday morning, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for parts of L.A. County. The weather service posted on Twitter a map showing what it said was "a weak tornado" near Walnut and Azusa.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Rong-Gong Lin II
A flash flood watch remained in effect for large parts of Southern California  amid a powerful rainstorm that will keep the region wet through Sunday. Officials warned of possible coastal flooding and waves topping 12 feet at some beaches Saturday. In the mountains, snow levels dropped to 5,500 feet. On Friday night, the storms brought lightning and strong winds. Early Saturday morning, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for parts of L.A. County. The weather service posted on Twitter a map showing what it said was "a weak tornado" near Walnut and Azusa.
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NATIONAL
July 5, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Severe weather brought a tornado warning to the city's suburbs, prompting authorities to evacuate the thousands gathered at the National Mall for holiday festivities. After the National Weather Service issued the all-clear a few hours later, officers alerted visitors who had taken shelter in nearby government buildings and museums that they could return to the Mall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
A funnel cloud was spotted Friday evening near Sacramento, the National Weather Service said. A trained weather spotter saw the funnel cloud crossing Interstate 5 in the suburb of Woodland, about 15 miles northwest of the state capital. The "spotter estimated [the] funnel was approximately 800 feet off the ground," the National Weather Service said.  A tornado warning was issued from 6:24 p.m. to 7:04 p.m. for parts of Sacramento, Sutter and Yolo counties after the funnel cloud's spotting.  The storm was moving north at 25 mph and strengthened by 6:42 p.m., then later weakened, the weather service said.  ALSO: California couple's gold-coin find called greatest in U.S. history Fight over school's American flag t-shirt ban likely to continue Former NFL player Darren Sharper surrenders to police in New Orleans rape case   Twitter: @ronlin | Facebook | Google+ ron.lin@latimes.com
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
A funnel cloud was spotted Friday evening near Sacramento, the National Weather Service said. A trained weather spotter saw the funnel cloud crossing Interstate 5 in the suburb of Woodland, about 15 miles northwest of the state capital. The "spotter estimated [the] funnel was approximately 800 feet off the ground," the National Weather Service said.  A tornado warning was issued from 6:24 p.m. to 7:04 p.m. for parts of Sacramento, Sutter and Yolo counties after the funnel cloud's spotting.  The storm was moving north at 25 mph and strengthened by 6:42 p.m., then later weakened, the weather service said.  ALSO: California couple's gold-coin find called greatest in U.S. history Fight over school's American flag t-shirt ban likely to continue Former NFL player Darren Sharper surrenders to police in New Orleans rape case   Twitter: @ronlin | Facebook | Google+ ron.lin@latimes.com
NATIONAL
May 31, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
A tornado emergency warning has been lifted for the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, but the region braced for flooding brought on by pounding rain. At least two deaths have been reported. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Betsy Randolph told the Associated Press that troopers found the bodies of a woman and an infant near their vehicle. Multiple twisters touched down in the area around Oklahoma City, according to the National Weather Service. Though the tornado warning has expired, a flash-flood warning remained in effect Friday night because of rising waters caused by heavy rainfall.  Flooding and downed power lines led state police and transportation officials to issue advisories against all travel in the metropolitan area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1998 | NICK GREEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a literal twist to the weird Oz-like weather that has afflicted Ventura County recently, the National Weather Service reported a tornado sighting Wednesday morning near Camarillo. Maybe. "It was at least a funnel cloud," said meteorologist Vladimir Ryshko, who along with other federal workers scrambled up to the roof of the agency's Oxnard office to watch the unusual cloud. "It may or may not have touched down.
NATIONAL
April 28, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos
A sudden, severe storm that swept through St. Louis on Saturday collapsed a large sports bar tent outside Busch Stadium, leaving one person dead and more than 100 injured.    The person who died apparently suffered a heart attack, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported . Seventeen of those injured were taken to a hospital, including the man who had the heart attack; four people sustained critical injuries, the paper said. The tent had been set up as a beer garden next to Kilroy's Sports Bar, and a few hundred fans had gathered there to celebrate the St. Louis Cardinals' win over the Milwaukee Brewers earlier in the day, the Associated Press  reported . The incident happened  about 3:50 p.m., about an hour after the baseball game had ended.
NATIONAL
November 17, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Tornadoes destroyed buildings and threatened residents in northern Illinois on Sunday after an unusually strong November storm began to sweep through the Midwest. Photos from witnesses showed shredded homes in Washington, Ill., about 10 miles east of Peoria, as a line of late-autumn storms brought tornado warnings from northern Illinois down to southeast Missouri. There was no immediate information available from emergency officials about the extent of the damage or whether anyone was hurt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel and Tony Barboza
A powerful storm that hit the Southern California coast this afternoon caused at least one tornado, four waterspouts and winds of up to 90 mph, according to the National Weather Service. "We have everything going today," said weather service spokesman Bill Hoffer. Officials are bracing for another big storm Wednesday and announced the evacuations of more than 500 homes in La Crescenta, La Cañada Flintridge and other communities hit by Station fire. Those evacuations are supposed to start Wednesday morning.
NATIONAL
November 17, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Tornadoes destroyed buildings and threatened residents in northern Illinois on Sunday after an unusually strong November storm began to sweep through the Midwest. Photos from witnesses showed shredded homes in Washington, Ill., about 10 miles east of Peoria, as a line of late-autumn storms brought tornado warnings from northern Illinois down to southeast Missouri. There was no immediate information available from emergency officials about the extent of the damage or whether anyone was hurt.
NATIONAL
June 8, 2013 | By Devin Kelly, Los Angeles Times
With tornadoes, advance warning comes down to minutes. In Moore, Okla., on May 20, it was 16 minutes. In Newcastle, to the southwest, near the spot where the deadly mile-wide tornado that killed 24 people first formed, it was five minutes. Tornadoes used to strike without any warning. Since the 1970s, meteorologists have worked to bring the average warning time up to 13 minutes. A combination of weather balloons, radar and on-the-ground observations form the core of today's forecasting technology.
NATIONAL
May 31, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
A tornado emergency warning has been lifted for the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, but the region braced for flooding brought on by pounding rain. At least two deaths have been reported. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Betsy Randolph told the Associated Press that troopers found the bodies of a woman and an infant near their vehicle. Multiple twisters touched down in the area around Oklahoma City, according to the National Weather Service. Though the tornado warning has expired, a flash-flood warning remained in effect Friday night because of rising waters caused by heavy rainfall.  Flooding and downed power lines led state police and transportation officials to issue advisories against all travel in the metropolitan area.
NATIONAL
May 20, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A mile-wide tornado slammed into Oklahoma on Monday afternoon, leveling neighborhoods, starting fires and causing, as one storm chaser put it, "total destruction. " [Update, 5:29 p.m. May 20: Oklahoma authorities said at least 37 people were killed in the tornado, and that the number would rise. Hospitals were treating scores of casualties, including children.] Two elementary schools were destroyed, and an untold number of homes and businesses sustained heavy damage near the cities of Moore, Newcastle and Oklahoma City.
NATIONAL
April 28, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos
A sudden, severe storm that swept through St. Louis on Saturday collapsed a large sports bar tent outside Busch Stadium, leaving one person dead and more than 100 injured.    The person who died apparently suffered a heart attack, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported . Seventeen of those injured were taken to a hospital, including the man who had the heart attack; four people sustained critical injuries, the paper said. The tent had been set up as a beer garden next to Kilroy's Sports Bar, and a few hundred fans had gathered there to celebrate the St. Louis Cardinals' win over the Milwaukee Brewers earlier in the day, the Associated Press  reported . The incident happened  about 3:50 p.m., about an hour after the baseball game had ended.
NEWS
May 26, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
The violent tornado that ravaged Joplin, Mo., killing at least 117, had hospital employees rushing to transport patients to safety at the last few minutes and forced others into refrigerators for shelter. There was 20 minutes of advance warning provided by the emergency sirens, so why did some appear to be caught off-guard? While Hollywood’s portrayals of humans warned of impending natural disasters tend to show chaos and panic, scientists say that in real life, people tend to express disbelief instead.
NATIONAL
May 20, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A mile-wide tornado slammed into Oklahoma on Monday afternoon, leveling neighborhoods, starting fires and causing, as one storm chaser put it, "total destruction. " [Update, 5:29 p.m. May 20: Oklahoma authorities said at least 37 people were killed in the tornado, and that the number would rise. Hospitals were treating scores of casualties, including children.] Two elementary schools were destroyed, and an untold number of homes and businesses sustained heavy damage near the cities of Moore, Newcastle and Oklahoma City.
NEWS
March 29, 1998 | SANDY WEST, ASSOCIATED PRESS
With reams of atmospheric data and a radar scope designed for a World War II airplane, Capt. Robert Miller and Maj. Ernest Fawbush did something 50 years ago last week that was unheard of: They issued a tornado warning. "They proved that you could, with a certain degree of accuracy, predict when a tornado was going to hit, which in retrospect has saved untold millions of lives," said James Crowder, chief of history for the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base.
NEWS
January 19, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel, Cathleen Decker, Ruben Vives, Andrew Blankstein and Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2010 | By Paloma Esquivel and Tony Barboza
A powerful storm that hit the Southern California coast this afternoon caused at least one tornado, four waterspouts and winds of up to 90 mph, according to the National Weather Service. "We have everything going today," said weather service spokesman Bill Hoffer. Officials are bracing for another big storm Wednesday and announced the evacuations of more than 500 homes in La Crescenta, La Cañada Flintridge and other communities hit by Station fire. Those evacuations are supposed to start Wednesday morning.
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