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Tornado warning expires; no damage reported

Warning issued for San Mateo County as severe thunderstorm hits Peninsula

A tornado warning for San Mateo County issued by the National Weather Service expired at 11:30 a.m. with no report of damage, a meteorologist with the weather service said late this morning.

The warning was issued at about 11 a.m. for most of the county as the weather service's radar system picked up signs of a severe thunderstorm and possible tornado approaching the coast, meteorologist Steve Anderson said.

Winds of 30 to 40 mph, a downpour of rain, and pea-sized hail were reported, but not a tornado, Anderson said.

The heavy part of the storm has passed through the Peninsula, and "once it got over the Bay, it decreased in intensity rapidly," he said.

The storm was moving through Alameda and Contra Costa counties as of 11:40 a.m., he said.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Tornado
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Mar 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm

The tornado warning was no joke. There actually was a real funnel cloud that occurred in SF this morning:

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Community Center
on Mar 18, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Tornados do happen here - the last one in March 1998. A church and homes and stores were damaged in Sunnyvale. Palo Alto was pelted with heavy hail and wind and rain. There was another in 1951 in what is now Cupertino and Sunnyvale areas. Mostly orchards then. But there was damage. And this coming Sunday there are predictions of a big storm.


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