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OC surveys damage, braces for more tornados

January 20, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Orange County is cleaning up and bracing for more possible tornados to rip through Wednesday.The wind was picking up Wednesday morning and there is a chance of more tornados in the forecast.

Tuesday, a tornado tore through Sunset Beach and parts o Huntington Beach Harbor. A cleanup effort is under way for the damage the tornados caused.

The windstorm left residents rattled and in shock.

"The windows were just rattling and I thought, 'What's going on?' I looked outside and I just saw this big mass. It was brown and black and there was so much debris rolling around in it," said Lori Mackey, who witnessed the tornado. "I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I was on the phone and I was shaking, and I was saying, 'I'm looking right at the tornado. It's coming this way!"

By the time the wind died down, the damage was done. The tornado flipped an SUV, shattered windows in homes and it also tossed around boats in the harbor.

With more wild weather on the way, boat owners are preparing themselves for the worst.

"You add a few more dock lines, you batten down everything and take everything off the decks. Just sort of hang on," described Mike Vaughn, a boat owner.

"I'll be in town, so I'll swing by each day every morning and evening and make sure everything is alright," said Eric Schwing, another boat owner

Boat owners aren't the only one picking up the pieces after that tornado. It also damaged some homes and knocked down a lot of trees.

Crews salvaged what trees they could and secured them for the upcoming storms.

Experts are not ruling out the possibility of more wild weather including more tornados.

"I'm still shaking. This is an unbelievable experience that I can say that I was in a tornado in California," said Joanie Seaton, manager of Peter's Landing Marina in Huntington Beach.

So far, there are no reports of any injuries.


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