Monday, October 22, 2012

Tornado reported in Sutter County; funnel cloud in Elk Grove

6:55 PM, Oct 22, 2012   |   3  comments
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Damage from possible tornado on Rhone River Drive in Elk Grove, Oct. 22, 2012
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - One or more possible tornadoes touched down in Sutter County, Elk Grove and Lake of the Pines Monday afternoon, according to authorities.
Meantime, a tornado warning from the National Weather Service remained in effect for central Placer County including Auburn, northwestern El Dorado County and southwestern Nevada County until 7:15 p.m.
Sutter County Sheriff's department spokeswoman Brenda Baker said her department received two tornado sightings. The first was at 3:01 p.m. near Highway 99 and the second at Mallard Lake Golf Center where trees were knocked down.
The Cosumnes Fire District and Elk Grove Police Department also confirmed a funnel cloud sighting south of Elk Grove at Grant Line Road west of Highway 99 later Monday afternoon.
Elk Grove police received several second-hand reports of damage from the weather event. On the 9300 block of Rio Ranch Circle two businesses and a home sustained damage; the roof collapsed at International Paper on the 10200 block of Waterman Road; four trees were uprooted on Rhone River Drive and there was damage to a structure on the 9500 block of Surritt Way.
Cosumnes Fire said approximately 20 homes in or near Oreo Ranch had broken windows, snapped trees and downed fences.
As thunderstorms traveled in a generally northeasterly direction through the afternoon and early evening, there was National Weather Service radar indication and public reports of a tornado near Lake of the Pines, eight miles north of Auburn.
Cal Fire said a church near its Grass Valley location had major roof damage and a tree toppled from its property onto a house at 10160 Combie Road.
There have been no reports of injuries.
The National Weather Service issued several tornado warnings for southern Butte County, Yuba County, Nevada County and Placer County beginning about 2:45 Monday afternoon.
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