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Tornadoes in California Damage Dozens of Homes

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Tornadoes touched down during storms in Northern California Wednesday evening, including one twister in west Roseville, near Sacramento, leaving dozens of homes damaged.

The National Weather Service confirmed that the tornado hit between 6:15 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. Wednesday.

According to Division Chief Kathy Finney of the Roseville Fire Department reports were received about damage in the area of Pleasant Grove Boulevard and Monument Drive, west of Fiddyment Road, at 6:43 p.m.

Between 12 and 20 houses suffered roof and fence damage, Finney said.

No injuries were reported and no residents were displaced as a result of the tornado.

The twister left a trail of debris extending up to 300 yards, with a width of 20 to 30 yards, as it traveled through northwest Roseville.

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.
 
Northern and Central California were hit with heavy rains and hail Wednesday. The storm dropped a quarter-inch of rain in downtown Sacramento and 0.36 inches at Executive Airport. Lincoln received 0.53 inches. San Francisco saw only about a half an inch of much needed rain. The city has received less than half of its average rainfall since last summer.
 
Northern California was this week in the midst of what forecasters were predicting would be the longest stretch of wet weather yet this year for the state, which has been suffering through a drought.
 
Showers were likely to continue through the weekend and possibly into next week. Especially heavy rain is predicted from Friday afternoon through Sunday morning, when the Sacramento Valley could get another half-inch to more than an inch of rain. The southern Bay Area may receive up to a half-inch of rain, and the northern Bay Area could get as much as 1 to 2 inches, said Holly Osborne, a meteorologist with the weather service in Sacramento. The Sierra Nevadas could receive 1 to 2 feet of snow above 7,000 feet.

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Tornadoes in California Damage Dozens of Homes
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