GROVER BEACH, Calif. – The National Weather Service sent investigators to Grover Beach on Thursday who determined that two EF-1 tornadoes touched down in Grover Beach and Los Osos on Wednesday.
According to the National Weather Service, the first tornado caused notable damage through Grover Beach and dissipated before entering Arroyo Grande.
EF-1 Tornado confirmed in Grover Beach. This morning FCFA and @Grover_BeachPD staff joined meterologists with @NWSLosAngeles to survey damage and storm path. More details to follow, including any nexus to damage in Arroyo Grande. #5citiesfire pic.twitter.com/WGkrY9vNeZ— Five Cities Fire (@5CitiesFirePIO) February 8, 2024
The second tornado was weaker and was centered just east of Los Osos where it caused some damage to power poles and a greenhouse before dissipating west of San Luis Obispo detail the National Weather Service.
The last time a tornado was recorded in San Luis Obispo County was on Feb. 2, 2004 and these were the strongest recorded tornadoes in the county since before 1950 explain the National Weather Service.
A massive tree came down at West Grand Avenue and 9th Street on Wednesday.
The intense storm swept through the Central and South Coasts with multiple tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings.
Wednesday's storm caused trees to topple over, busted a transformer, downed power lines, rendered some streetlights inoperable, and damaged cars.
A team from the National Weather Service in Oxnard arrived in Grover Beach by mid-morning and Five Cities Fire Authority confirmed their findings in the afternoon.