It’s not unheard of around these parts, but it does cause a stir. Here’s the latest. (this happened yesterday, 1-24)
A tornado reportedly touched down in a rural part of Glenn County and blew a tin roof off a barn this afternoon.
The California Highway Patrol reported the twister to the Glenn County Sheriff’s Department about 3:09 p.m., sheriff’s dispatcher Megan Spooner said.
Spooner said “a pretty good storm” took place where the tornado was spotted in the Four Corners area near Butte City, about 11 miles east of Willows.
The first deputy responding to the report ran into heavy hail during a severe thunderstorm, Glenn County sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Miranda said.
No one was home at the farmhouse where the barn was damaged, Miranda said. Deputies found pieces of tin scattered all around the area.
“The tin roof was blown off to the north,” he said.
The CHP relayed an emergency call of a tornado with people running from the area and reported a sighting of a funnel cloud about the same time in separate spots, although deputies weren’t able to locate anybody who actually saw them, Miranda said.
“We were not able to contact any eyewitnesses,” Miranda said.
National Weather Service officials were checking out the report.
“We’re trying to get more information on it,” meteorologist Cynthia Palmer said this afternoon.
Palmer said a tornado wouldn’t be all that unusual considering it’s January and a strong cold front was passing through the area.
Meanwhile, the Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for central Tehama County that expired at 5:30 p.m. today.
The weather radar showed the thunderstorm had weakened as of 5:45 p.m. and was no longer a threat.