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Forecasters Say Tornado Spotted In Northern California

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An eyewitness spotted this tornado touching down in Tehama County near Red Bluff on February 19, 2013. (CBS)

An eyewitness spotted this tornado touching down in Tehama County near Red Bluff on February 19, 2013. (CBS)

RED BLUFF, Tehama County (CBS / AP) — The National Weather Service said a tornado was sighted in Northern California as a winter storm passed through the area.

According to the weather service, a “weak” tornado was spotted north of Red Bluff on Tuesday shortly after 1:30 p.m.

The agency said the light funnel cloud has a preliminary rating of F0, meaning that it may have had winds speeds reaching between 40 to 70-miles-per-hour while causing little or no damage in the area.

Meanwhile, the storm has brought cooler temperatures and much-needed rain and snow in some parts of the state.

The storm from the Gulf of Alaska brought the first significant rainfall to the region in several weeks, the National Weather Service said.

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