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Small tornado touches down in western Kern County
Small tornado touches down in western Kern County

It looked ominous, a tall column of swirling dust that descended from the sky. But the tornado that skittered through Taft, Calif., just before noon Monday passed through town with little or no damage. The weak tornado touched down near the western Kern County town during a period of showers, according to the National Weather Service in Hanford. “It looked more impressive than it was,” meteorologist Dan Harty said. “It’s unusual here in California.” Forecasters say no damage was reported. The land spout, similar to those that form over the ocean, formed under showery conditions as the storm intersected with the hills and mountains, said Paul Iniguez,...

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