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MORENO VALLEY, Calif. — The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for parts of Southern California as the region is being pounded by wild weather including torrential downpours.
The weather service said at 4:38 p.m. Thursday that Doppler radar was tracking a tornado moving south near Moreno Valley in Riverside County.
"It's very unusual to see this by a mountain range. It's kind of a freak thing," Fleming said.
A wild weather system lashed Southern California on Thursday with fierce thunderstorms that unleashed mudslides in wildfire-scarred canyons, spawned at least one tornado and dusted communities with snow and hail.
An overturned tractor-trailer and toppled freight cars on nearby railroad tracks were spotted in a part of Riverside County where the National Weather Service tracked a tornado.
Originally posted by Evasius
It's getting stranger and stranger. And I thought the recent Colorado & Wyoming twister was strange (we rarely here about tornadoes in Colorado, but we never hear about them near LA).
The five-day-old eruption is the first in at least 9,000 years for the volcano in southern Chile, according to volcanologists at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.
As clouds of toxic ash and dust tower into the sky, they ionise the air, generating an explosive electrical storm. Colossal forks of lightning spark around the noxious plume as it spews from the volcano's crater, creating an image of raw, terrifying energy - as if the air itself were ablaze.