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Rare tornado touches down near Stockton

April 12, 2012 | 10:23 am

The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down southwest of Stockton on Wednesday afternoon, the first time a twister had struck in San Joaquin County since 2005.

The tornado touched down on West Howard Road about 1 p.m. The funnel cloud was spotted near Lathrop.

At least one property was damaged and some power lines were knocked out.

The tornado was listed as a category EF1 and was on the ground for one mile, officials said. The weakest rating for a tornado is EF0.

The tornado flipped a trailer and ripped off the sheet metal and destroyed a building that was used a workshop for classic cars.


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