The National Weather Service confirmed Friday afternoon what some people in South Los Angeles already suspected: a small tornado hit the area, tearing up roofs and downing trees and limbs as rain and thunderstorms swept through Southern California.
The tornado landed about 9:20 a.m. and caused damage from the intersection of South Vermont and West Gage avenues to the intersection of 57th and South Figueroa streets, according to the NWS.
No injuries were reported.
An apartment complex and two homes sustained roof damage, as did a steel billboard, the weather service reported.
NWS meteorologists said the tornado was an estimated EF0 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, with estimated winds of 65 to 85 mph.
In contrast, an EF5 tornado has winds topping 200 mph.