'It looks like hell': a terrible fire tornado caught on video in California
In California, a fire tornado that arose during a forest fire was filmed on video: the fire breaks through large sections of the west coast and has already killed at least 35 people, recalls The Daily Mail.
Footage of a wildfire hitting a column of air and starting to swirl into a tornado was posted to TikTok on Thursday, September 10 and went viral over the weekend.
Social media users nicknamed the state "Hellifornia" and noted that the picture presented in the video resembles stills from a horror movie, or people's imaginations of what hell looks like.
“2020 is like saying, 'Hey, you know what's missing? Fire tornado! That would be so great! Here you go ... ”, - wrote one of the Twitter users.
“2020 is something straight out of a dark sci-fi novel, have you ever seen a tornado in flames?” Another asks.
- Planetary Security🌍 (@Planetary_Sec) September 13, 2020
The video was released as firefighters in California prepared for a change in weather that could bring stronger winds on Monday, September 14, and further ignite dozens of fires still raging across the state.
The National Weather Service issued a warning for Northern California until Monday evening, September 14. Meteorologist Dan Borsum said strong southerly winds and low humidity would lead to an even higher fire hazard across the region.
He said that on Tuesday, September 15, conditions may improve slightly, but not significantly. Borsum added that air quality in the region may not improve until October.
More than 16 firefighters fought the blaze that destroyed over 750 buildings and swept through dozens of communities from the Oregon border to Mexico.
On Sunday, September 13, the Northern California Sheriff said two more people had died from wildfires, bringing the state's total death toll to 24. 10 people died in Oregon and a one-year-old boy died in Washington. As a result, at the moment the total death toll is 35 people.
The West Coast fires are among the worst ever recorded. In California, more than 3,2 million acres (1,3 ha) of land were burned last month.
Oregon also had a warning on Sunday evening, September 13, after the weather service said wind, humidity and fire hazards "are likely to contribute to a significant spread of new and existing fires." In this state, 35 fires have burned out 902 acres (620 thousand hectares) of land.
Officials said people are missing and the death toll is likely to rise.
“A number of deaths are expected: people who simply failed to receive a warning in time, leave their homes and get to safety,” said Andrew Phelps, director of emergency situations for Oregon.
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