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'Topsy turvy' weather brings tornado warnings, marble-sized hail and lightning to Northern California

'Topsy turvy' weather brings tornado warnings, marble-sized hail and lightning to Northern California

Residents of the upper Central Valley were told to seek shelter immediately Tuesday afternoon as a turbulent weather system moved across Northern California and triggered the first tornado warnings of the year for the region, the National Weather Service said.

The weather service’s offices in Sacramento and Hanford issued tornado warnings about 12:20 p.m. and then again about 1:45 p.m. A funnel cloud was spotted above Turlock but no one witnessed it touch down, said NWS forecaster Brooke Bingaman.

The storm dropped up to three-quarters of an inch of rain in 30 minutes at one point, flooding streets in downtown Sacramento. Lightning exploded a tree and damaged three homes,...

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