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Storm Spawns Another NorCal Tornado

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Yuba City residents watch as a tornado touches down outside of town on June 1, 2011. (Credit: Angie Owens)

Yuba City residents watch as a tornado touches down outside of town on June 1, 2011. (Credit: Angie Owens)

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YUBA CITY (CBS) – The National Weather Service planned to send a team out Thursday to try to determine the strength of a tornado that touched down in Northern California.

Weather service forecaster George Cline said no damage was reported after the tornado was spotted in a rural area about 5 miles north of Yuba City around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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The tornado formed as a powerful rainstorm whipped through the area. The weather service had issued tornado warnings for the region, but Cline said they have since expired.

Besides the tornado, a thunderstorm cell spawned at least one funnel cloud over Davis on Wednesday afternoon, witnesses and meteorologists confirmed.

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A possible funnel cloud was photographed near Davis on June 1, 2011. (Photo by Lauren Melcher)

Dark clouds and heavy rain swept through Yolo County between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., sparking a tornado warning after witnesses spotted multiple funnel clouds over the skies near Davis. The strong storm cell grew in strength and dumped hail at least a half-inch in diameter once the storm passed Power Balance Pavilion and moved through Rio Linda and North Highlands.

Witnesses said the downpour in the heart of the storm became so bad that driving was impossible.

Dozens of lightning strikes were reported, but there was no immediate word of any significant damage or injuries.

Three-quarter inch hail was also reported during the storm in the Folsom area, east of Sacramento.

Wednesday’s twister struck not far from where three tornadoes touched down last week, destroying hundreds of acres of almond orchards.

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