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Tornado Hits California Town; Damages Homes & Streets


Parts of California saw rainy, blistery weather conditions Sunday, including a possible tornado that touched down in the Central Valley.

According to the National Weather Service, a “likely tornado” hit Denair, California at 2 p.m. Sunday. Some damage was reported in the community, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department. The department tweeted photos showing trees downed and damage to the roofs of some homes.


Meteorologists planned to survey the scene and rate the level of damage on Monday.

The Modesto Bee said the twister swept along nearly a mile of Zeering Road, toppling trees and fences and breaking windows.

CBS Sacramento reported a church roof was also damaged, deputies say. No one was inside the church at the time, the pastor says.

“This is absolutely rare for Stanislaus County,” said Sgt. Anthony Bejaran with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.

The tornado came as another winter-like storm originating from the Gulf of Alaska swept across California. Hail and thunderstorms were reported in the Sierra Nevada foothills and in parts of Northern California. Rain and strong wind hit parts of the San Francisco Bay area.

Forecasters said up to 8 inches of snow could fall at the 5000 feet level, with possibly a foot at the highest peaks.

CBS Sacramento reported power was cut to about 1,700 people in Denair due to the tornado. Most people had their power restored by Sunday evening.

“Less than 200 individual accounts still w/out power. Working to have services restored as soon as possible”, Public Relations Unit of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department tweeted.

The National Weather Service also warned of strong winds, possibly speeding up to 70 mph, throughout California South.

On Sunday, a storm moved into Northern California, bringing more rain, hail as well as snow to the Sierra. Last week, the area was hit by another big storm, dumping 20 inches of snow in Mammoth Lakes.

Southern California saw cold, windy conditions along with scattered showers in some areas.

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