NWS confirms tornado in Northern California

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The National Weather Service announced that a tornado touched down in Calaveras County early Tuesday morning. 

According to the NWS, a line of severe thunderstorms moved across the Northern San Joaquin Valley and into the Sierra Foothills on Tuesday producing the tornado and “straight-line wind damage” in Stanislaus County.

The tornado touched down around 4:10 a.m. and was brief, continuing for about two minutes and traveling 0.4 miles “with a path width of 50 yards” and had max winds of 90 miles per hour, the NWS said.

Extensive damage occurred to oak and pine trees left uprooted and topped.

There was a tornado warning in effect in the area from 3:43 a.m. until 4:15 a.m., according to the NWS.

Other parts of California also had tornado warnings. 

More than half of the counties in California are under a federal emergency declaration issued by the Biden administration.


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