Do tornados ever strike in California?

Asked by Lenore and Alex Wilkas, Vista, CA Fri Jun 1, 2007

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David Blockh…, Agent, Los Altos, CA
Sun Jun 17, 2007

There was one about 4 years ago that touched down in Los Altos (at the high school) and then again in Sunnyvale. It took out a church roof and sent a trampoline flying for about three blocks.
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Kaye Thomas, Agent, Manhattan Beach, CA
Sat Jun 9, 2007
We have had them in So Cal also.. a few years ago one ripped through Long Beach and tore off the roof of a large commercial building..
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Cory Lerner, , 94563
Fri Jun 1, 2007
Yes, - tornadoes have actually touched down in California. Usually they happen in the inland valley area, away from the coast. Conditions are more optimal. You can actually often see little dust devils when you drive on Hwy 5. They are not as common as in the midwest, however.
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