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    A funnel cloud passes near Roseville in the early evening on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. A tornado warning was issued for Roseville and the surrounding area throughout the early evening.

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    Storms are lining up this week for the Sacramento region.

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    Two-year-old Isabelle Hatcher of Woodland jumps in a puddle in downtown Davis on Wednesday. She stopped at every puddle she encountered, said her mother, Kimberly Hatcher, as they walked through Davis, enjoying the weather, sights and sounds they saw along the way.

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    Wonchan Oh, left, his wife Boram You and their son Alexander Oh, 3, shield themselves from the rain as they make their way through downtown Davis on Wednesday. Heavy rain and hail halted traffic for a while on Interstate 5 during Wednesday’s storm, and quarter-size hailstones were reported in some areas.

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    Raindrops glitter on a pedestrian’s dark umbrella near Capitol Mall in Sacramento. Wednesday’s storm dropped a quarter-inch of rain in downtown.

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Tornado damages dozen homes in west Roseville

Published: Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2014 - 6:21 am
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 22, 2014 - 8:59 am

A dozen homes in west Roseville were damaged Wednesday evening by a tornado.

The National Weather Service confirmed that the funnel cloud touched down between 6:15 and 6:20 p.m.

Division Chief Kathy Finney of the Roseville Fire Department said crews received the report of damage in the area of Pleasant Grove Boulevard and Monument Drive, west of Fiddyment Road, at 6:43 p.m.

She said 12 houses suffered roof damage and six reported fence damage. Two of the houses also were pelted with debris, such as barbecue grills, that damaged Sheetrock, she said.

No one was injured, and residents were not displaced from their homes, Finney said.

According to the weather service, the path of damage extended 200 to 300 yards, with a width of 10 to 20 yards.

Holly Osborne, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said a tornado may also have touched down near the Glenn County community of Artois, possibly damaging outbuildings. She said the Weather Service had sent a team to area but no official confirmation was available Wednesday night.

Heavy rain and hail also halted traffic for a while on Interstate 5, Osborne said, noting that quarter-size hailstones were reported in some areas.

Wednesday’s storm dropped a quarter-inch of rain in downtown Sacramento and 0.36 inches at Executive Airport. Lincoln received 0.53 inches.

Osborne said showers will continue today, but most of the rain will be north of the Interstate 80 corridor. Today will be warmer and won’t likely produce the kind of thunderstorms and funnel clouds that occurred Wednesday. Highs will be around 64 degrees.

“We should see a little more sun,” Osborne said.

More rain is expected to arrive Friday night, continue Saturday and taper off Sunday.

In the Sierra, snow levels will be around 6,000 feet Saturday. The next storm system could drop 1 to 2 inches of snow above 7,000 feet, Osborne said.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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