Tornado spotted north of Sacramento, weather service says
A low-level tornado apparently was spotted Tuesday afternoon in an area north of Sacramento, the National Weather Service said.
The tornado was reported about 1:30 p.m. between Corning and Red Bluff about 100 miles north of Sacramento, according to meteorologists.
"We're pretty certain that it was a tornado," Dan Keeton, a meteorologist in the agency's Sacramento office, told The Times.
He said the Weather Service had dispatched a team to the area to assess possible damage, gather eyewitness accounts and collect other evidence. But preliminary reports "indicate a fairly low-end tornado," Keeton said.
The tornado was caused when the same storm system hitting the Los Angeles area passed through Northern California, leaving a mass of cold air in its wake. That triggered thunderstorms north of Sacramento that caused the tornado to form, Keeton said.
No other details were immediately available.
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