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article imageSacramento, California no longer under tornado warning Special

By Al Boe     Jun 1, 2011 in Science
Sacramento - Sacramento, California was under a tornado warning until 4 p.m. PT. Several severe cells had popped during the scare. Other warnings are still in effect for the area.
3:30 p.m. PT: Looking outside my Sacramento, California apartment, all I see is darkness all the way around. All local media channels are on continuous live coverage at this hour, and everyone is out of their apartments looking for the funnel cloud that the National Weather Service says is currently above us.
Here was the Tornado warning as it read earlier in the day.
Bulletin - Tornado Warning
National Weather Service Sacramento CA
318 Pm PDT Wed Jun 1 2011
The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued a tornado warning for North Central Sacramento County in Central California... East Central Yolo County in Central California...
* Until 400 PM PDT
* at 312 Pm PDT...a strong thunderstorm possible of producing a tornado was just west of Arco or Power Balance Arena moving to the Northeast at 10 to 20 Mph. The storm may also produce large hail.
* the Strong Thunderstorm and Possible Tornado Will Be Near... Power Balance Arena...Elverta and Rio Linda Between 320 And 335 PM.
Precautionary / Preparedness Actions...
The safest place to be during a tornado is under a workbench or other piece of sturdy furniture. seek shelter on the lowest floor of the building in an interior hallway or room such as a closet. use blankets or pillows to cover your body and always stay away from windows.
If in mobile homes or vehicles...evacuate them and get inside a substantial shelter. if no shelter is available...lie flat in the nearest ditch or other low spot and cover your head with your hands.
7:14 p.m.: At this hour, there are no tornado warnings in effect in the Sacramento area. No tornadoes were reported during the original warning in Sacramento and Yolo counties. A later warning did produce tornadoes near Yuba City. There are still several severe storms in the area, and the threat of tornadoes continue to exist throughout the daylight hours.
All local media outlets were preempting regularly scheduled programming to report on the storms, including KCRA, who showed uninterrupted coverage instead of NHL Hockey finals. As of 7 p.m. KCRA returned viewers to NHL hockey, continuing their coverage on sister network KQCA.
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