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Tornadoes reported in Northern California as storm hits region

October 22, 2012 |  5:47 pm

Tornadoes reportedly touched down Monday afternoon in three Northern California counties, knocking down some trees and power lines as a powerful storm blew over the region.

Officials said no injuries were reported by the tornadoes, which were caused by the first storm of the season in Northern California.

The National Weather Service said preliminary reports indicated that the tornadoes touched down in Sutter, Yuba and Butte counties. The unstable weather prompted the agency to issue a tornado warning for Placer County.

Officials said they received reports from residents of toppled trees and power lines and damage to rooftops after shingles were ripped off by powerful winds.

"A lot of it had to do with the instability that came with the band of rain and showers that pushed through the area," said Stefanie Henry, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

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