Tornadoes in California on Monday a "Remarkable Oddity"

By Bill Deger, Meteorologist
October 24, 2012; 5:10 AM
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Play video Footage and details of the tornadoes and damage in California on Monday.

Several tornadoes touched down in northern California on Monday, some causing damage to towns around the state's capital, Sacramento.

According to the Associated Press, any damage was minor and no injuries were reported.

The first tornado was reported near Yuba City shortly after 3:00 p.m. local time. Sutter County Sheriff and the fire department reported downed power lines and damage to structures.

A witness even described the tornado lifting up her barn and boat, according to KXTV-TV.

@ABC7NewsBayArea tweeted this photo of a funnel cloud spotted outside of Yuba City, Calif., on Monday.

According to preliminary reports, up to five tornadoes touched down in total from the Sacramento metropolitan area to the eastern Sierra foothills between 3:08 and 5:19 p.m. local time.

One twister near Elk Grove damaged trees and the roof of a building.

Tornadoes are not uncommon in the Golden State, but are quite unusual this time of year.

Typically they occur most often during the winter and early spring months, often when powerful Pacific storms push ashore. Even so, the entire state usually only experiences a handful of tornadoes every year, making Monday's multiple tornadoes a remarkable oddity.

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Just in: Tornado damage spotted in Elk Grove, California (near Sacramento) - http://pic.twitter.com/RoHi4N35 via @ctrincheraMatthew Keys
[#PHOTO] - Damage near #Yuba City, #California [#TORNADO #SEVEREWEATHER #BREAKINGNEWS #NEWS #CAWX #WX #WEATHER] http://pic.twitter.com/B3gdyYLNRichard Brannon News
[#PHOTO] - #Tornado near #Yuba City, #California N of #Sacramento. #Damage reported, trees down. [#BREAKINGNEWS #NEWS] http://pic.twitter.com/Ij6ue36qRichard Brannon News
Picture of tornado in Yuba City, California today! Tornadoes in Northern California?! Yup! http://pic.twitter.com/W7Dwr6yXGeorgia Storm Chaser
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Yikes! Tornado warning! That's scary. I live in placer but I don't think its gonna happen because this is California... http://pic.twitter.com/XCsFc0fQBlitzkriegBrony
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