Tornadoes, Record-Breaking Rainfall Impacts Southern California

February 8, 2024

Well, that was an interesting day at work!

Police Commander in Grover Beach, California, Jim Munro, after a storm and later confirmed tornado hit the beach town on Wednesday, leading to toppled trees and power lines, as well as damage to several businesses.

Big Picture: Major storms brought record-breaking rain, mudslides, damaging winds and tornadoes to southern California this week. Some areas of southern California received almost 14 inches of rain throughout the week, totaling nearly “a year’s worth” of rainfall (ABC News). According to the National Weather Service, the tornado that impacted Grover Beach is one of the most powerful to impact the county “since before 1950,” and the first to occur since 2004. The city has since declared a local state of emergency, as the city works to assist those impacted by the storm. Grover Beach Police Commander Munro said via X (formerly known as Twitter), Luckily nobody [was] hurt.

Read More: Tornado confirmed in California after flooding from atmospheric river (The Washington Post)

Possible tornado hits Southern California as storm dumps even more rain (ABC News)

What records did the atmospheric river rain break in L.A.? (LA Times)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas