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Tornadoes touch down in Northern California (w/video)

  • A rainbow shines over a farm near Highway 32 and Road O as a severe storm brought funnel clouds and a report of a tornado touchdown Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in Orland, Calif. (AP Photo/The Chico Enterprise-Record, Jason Halley)

SAN FRANCISCO — Tornadoes touched down during storms in Northern California, including one twister near Sacramento that damaged a dozen homes and left a path of debris about 300 yards long.

Between a dozen to 20 houses suffered roof and fence damage when a tornado hit near Roseville in Placer County shortly after 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Rob Baquera, a fire department spokesman, said Thursday.

No injuries were reported and no residents were displaced as two families whose houses had some significant damage were able to remain at home, Baquera said. The path of debris extended more than 100 yards, with a width of 10 to 20 yards as it rolled through the northwest part of town, he said.

"We're in a bit of recovery mode right now as there were a few people a bit shaken up as they saw the cloud roll over them," Baquera said. "We're fortunate that everybody did the right thing by seeking shelter in place when the tornado struck."

A tornado also touched down in Ordbend, in Glenn County, the weather service said. There were reports of at least four twisters, which are rare for California.

"The tornadoes which do occur are created by systems coming off the Pacific and are generally much weaker than those experienced by the Plains, as was the case here," Michael Palmer, lead meteorologist at The Weather Channel, told KNTV.

Northern and Central California were drenched and wind-whipped by wild weather that brought thunderstorms and hail.

Heavy rain hit morning commuters in San Francisco but by the end of Wednesday only about a half-inch of the much-needed rain had fallen.

Other northern and central areas generally saw a quarter- to a half-inch, with an inch recorded in a few places.

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