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Tornado strikes near Weston Ranch

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Tornado strikes near Weston Ranch

Photographer James Svos captured this shot of a funnel cloud northwest of Lathrop Road and Highway 99 on Wednesday afternoon.

Photo courtesy of James Svos/


POSTED April 12, 2012 12:21 a.m.

STOCKTON (AP) — The National Weather Service says a tornado has touched down a few miles outside of Stockton just northwest of Weston Ranch.

Meteorologist Johnny Powell says the tornado tipped over an empty tractor trailer and destroyed a shed after touching down around 1 p.m. Wednesday about six miles south of Stockton, or about four miles west of the community of French Camp.

Powell says wind speeds from the tornado were estimated to be around 90 miles per hour.

No injuries were reported.

Forecasters say the unsettled weather pattern associated with the tornado also brought hail and thunderstorms to the region.

The weather system is also expected to bring snow showers to the Sierra Nevada Wednesday night, with moderate to heavy snow expected to fall Thursday and Friday.

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