The National Weather Service has confirmed two tornadoes hit northern California Wednesday, and has given one of them a preliminary damage rating of EF1. However, if more damage is uncovered that rating could go up.
The first tornado roughly followed a path from Willows, which is south of Durham, to north of Highway 99/Highway 70 intersection. The second followed a path that began south of Hamilton City, passed south of Chico and headed toward Paradise.
The National Weather Service is investigating the possibility of even more tornadoes; since it was such a long-lasting event, new tornadoes could have formed and dissipated in the same location.
No injuries have been confirmed so far but the NWS is investigating reports.
The National Weather Service will be back out on Friday to inspect the tornadoes paths. They’ll use radars, reports and other tools to pinpoint exactly where the tornadoes touched down.
There have been five tornadoes confirmed in Northern California in the last six months. Only one of them was an EF1 near Latrobe in El Dorado County in November 2010.