|(February 3, 2019, 2:06 p.m.) -- Below are additional indications that a (caveat: non-expert view) strong microburst, tornadic-type winds or a possible mini-tornado passed over or through east Long Beach's Artcraft Manor and Lakewood Village neighborhoods at about noon Feb. 2.
VIDEO (reported yesterday by LBREPORT.com) from cameras at a home in the area of Clark Ave./Willow St. (part of the Artcraft Manor neighborhood between Willow and Stearns Sts., from Clark Ave. westward past Lakewood Blvd.) appears to have recorded the microburst or tornadic-type wind at 12:19 p.m.:
And LBREPORT.com now has photos below via a number of Artcraft Manor/Stearns Park area residents (thank you.)
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Stearns Park, 12:36 p.m. Feb. 2. Photo credit: Antonio Yepez. Photographer's mom Maria says it "looks like the microburst went through Stearns Park because of the pattern of downed trees and branches."
Multiple trees were reported down or broken from Stearns Park along Clark Ave. northward toward Skylinks golf course.
A resident attending a funeral/celebration of life in the Lakewood Village area's St. Thomas of Centerbury Church on Arbor Road said a howl was heard, seeming to last about 20-30 seconds, the church windows turned white and foggy, a large tree fell, a stop sign toppled along with other tree damage. Another Arbor Rd. resident says she saw pine cones on a street where there are no pine trees, and a number of trees cracked in half.
There's an automated indication of the intense winds via the Nat'l Weather Service LGB monitor (positioned just north of Spring St. and west of the 30-12 runway overpass west of Lakewood Blvd.) It recorded sustained winds in the upper teens approaching 20 mph in the 10:00 a.m. hour until sustained winds increased to 28 mph with a gust of 37 mph at 11:06 a.m. Sustained winds continued in the 11 a.m. hour in the roughly 20 mph range with gusts into the low to mid 30 mph range with one gust reaching 35 mph at 12:04 p.m. and another hitting 30 mph at 12:22 p.m.
If it was a small tornado, it wouldn't be the first time it's happened in eastern Long Beach. LBREPORT.com archival coverage (with photos) shows what occurred a bit eastward in the south of Conant area on Dec. 29, 2005 at this link.. [LBREPORT.com is now in our 19th year of providing independent news online.]
The rainstorm-related winds weren't limited to one part of Long Beach. Wires were reported down all over town (too numerous to list individually) stretching from NLB to near the shore to downtown to Wrigley.
Adriana Brava posted a photo by her son, Nathan Brava-Partain on the Wrigley Neighborhood Group Facebook page (photo used with permission) showing what happens when rain soaked land plus gravity sent a tree onto a vehicle in the area of 28th St./Pacific Ave.
The National Weather Service says LB Airport received nearly an inch of rain within six hours. Between 9:53 a.m. and 3:53 p.m. Feb. 2, 0.96" of rain were recorded by the Nat'l Weather Service moniitor at LB Airport (just north of Spring St., west of Lakewood Blvd.) 0.57" fell within three hours between 9:53 a.m. and 12:53 p.m.
If it was a small tornado, it wouldn't be the first time for ELB. On December 29, 2004, a small tornado apparently came through part of ELB. LBREPORT.com archival coverage here. [LBREPORT.com is now in our 19th year of providing independent news online in Long Beach.]
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