The National Weather Service has confirmed what we all suspected from the photos and video coming out of Stanislaus County Sunday — those crazy-looking clouds were indeed a tornado, which and damaged several structures in the Central Valley city of Denair.
According to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, the twister first touched down at around 2:12 p.m. Sunday, knocking over trees and damaging homes and a (luckily, unoccupied at the moment) church. As of Sunday evening, CBS Sacramento reports, officials did not have a full tally of the damage.
As you are surely aware, funnel clouds in this part of the world are few and far between, and according to CBS it has been "at least several years since the last tornado [residents] can remember hitting the area."
New video from Juan Carranza clearly shows Denair, CA tornado making contact with the ground...stirring up dirt in a field.Posted by Ian Schwartz on Sunday, November 15, 2015
“This is absolutely rare for Stanislaus County,” Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Anthony Bejaran told CBS.
By Sunday evening the National Weather Service confirmed that, based on the video evidence, the weather event was a tornado. A NWS survey team will be dispatched to the area Monday to determine the event's "strength rating."
According to officials, no injuries have been reported as a result of the twister.
Denair tornado damaged some houses and knocked down several trees. No known injuries at this time. pic.twitter.com/43fOKB99bw— (@StanSheriff) November 15, 2015
Tornado traveled down Zeering Road in Denair headed east out of town. pic.twitter.com/H1lg6NO9y3— Stanislaus Sheriff (@StanSheriff) November 15, 2015
Church roof has been damaged by the Denair tornado. pic.twitter.com/mbjrpVFz1P— Stanislaus Sheriff (@StanSheriff) November 15, 2015