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Tornado likely to blame for wind damage in L.A. area

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Huntington Beach Police officers stand by a vehicle that flipped over in high winds during a tornado warning Tuesday Jan. 19, 2010 in Huntington Beach, Calif. Huntington Beach Police officers stand by a vehicle that flipped over in high winds during a tornado warning Tuesday Jan. 19, 2010 in Huntington Beach, Calif.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The National Weather Service says a tornado probably is to blame for flipping over a car, smashing windows and tearing off a roof in Southern California beach communities.

Forecaster Philip Gonsalves says a thunderstorm cell with fierce, rotating winds came ashore Tuesday afternoon from the Pacific and rapidly moved southeast from Los Angeles into Orange and San Diego counties.

Winds flipped an unoccupied SUV on its side in Seal Beach, smashed plate glass windows in homes and businesses and blew off a 25-foot stretch of roof in Irvine.

There also are reports of boats being damaged.

The storm also backed up storm drains and flooded low-lying streets in beach towns. The Los Angeles Fire Department says 16 people have been displaced because of flooded buildings in the San Pedro harbor area.

 

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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