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02/20/2013 01:04 pm ET Updated Feb 20, 2013

Northern California Tornado: Rare Twister Hits Near Red Bluff (VIDEO)

Residents near the small city of Red Bluff caught a rare sight on Tuesday afternoon--a Northern California tornado.

According to the Red Bluff Daily News, the small F-0 tornado struck around 1:30 p.m. and may have had wind speeds reaching between 40 to 70 miles per hour. Little destruction was reported, but a metal storage building appeared to have its roof damaged by the twister.

A tornado warning was issued for Butte, Glenn and Tehama counties until 2:45 p.m.

The tornado was part of an unexpected winter storm that brought much-needed rain and snow to California, but left many stranded across the state with little warning. The Associated Press reported:

The breadth and severity of snowfall in much of the state caught drivers by surprise and left hundreds stranded on mountain highways. A late barrage of snow forced the shutdown of a 35-mile stretch of Highway 58 between Mojave and Bakersfield.[…] A similar scene played out shortly about 300 miles to the north, where dozens of cars were either stuck in the snow or involved in accidents near the rural community of Sonora.

But despite the short warning, Sacramento news site KCRA managed to capture some of the Red Bluff tornado on tape. Check it out in the video above.

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