Possible tornado spotted in Butte County

6:34 PM, Feb 19, 2013   |    comments
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  • Observer sent in photo of possible funnel cloud/tornado seen six miles east of Corning. Photo courtesy National Weather Service in Sacramento, Feb. 19, 2013.
  • Hail fell in Old Sacramento, Feb. 19, 2013.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - What may have been a tornado was sighted between Corning and Red Bluff about 1:30 Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

PHOTOS: Possible tornado

The observer who sent in the photo said the brief funnel cloud/tornado was seen near Proberta.

News10 meteorologist Ashton Altieri more precisely described the location as six miles east of Corning.

NWS meteorologist Johnnie Powell 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.

Then at 2:30 p.m., NWS received a report from CalFire of a funnel cloud near the ground at Vina in Tehama County. 

NWS issued a tornado warning for west central Butte County, Tehama County and north central Glenn County as isolated thunderstorms moved south. The warning expired at 2:45 p.m.

Meantime, hail fell in downtown Sacramento Tuesday afternoon while snow-slick roads created hazardous driving conditions in the Sierra. The Calaveras County Sheriff's Office advised of mulitple spin-outs on Highway 49 (in Tuolumne County) and two on Highway 4. Big rigs were losing traction and/or spinning out on eastbound Interstate 80 between Drum Forebay and Blue Canyon.


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