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Tornado Touches Down Near Sacramento, Funnel Cloud Reported In Contra Costa Co.

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A funnel cloud touched down and became a tornado near Roseville in Sacramento County on March 26, 2014. (CBS)

A funnel cloud touched down and became a tornado near Roseville in Sacramento County on March 26, 2014. (CBS)

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (CBS SF) — The National Weather Service reports that a funnel cloud was spotted in eastern Contra Costa County Wednesday afternoon during a thunderstorm that triggered tornado warnings for Sacramento and other central California counties.

The cloud was spotted around 3:10 p.m. but dissipated quickly without touching the ground, according to weather service forecaster Diana Henderson.

Hail and thunderstorms were reported elsewhere in the Bay Area and funnel clouds were also reported in areas to the east including Roseville and Willows, according to weather service reports.

The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado measured at EF-0 touched down in Roseville, about 20 miles northeast of Sacramento. At least a dozen homes were damaged when the tornado touched down.

EF-0 is the lowest intensity tornado on the Fujita scale.

The tornado warnings for the Central Valley area expired at 7 p.m.

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