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Funnel Clouds Spotted in Santa Rosa, Ocean Beach

| March 18, 2011
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Update 4 p.m. On YouTube, here’s a guy who headed for the basement when he heard the tornado warning, only to report an hour later that maybe he overreacted.

I don’t know, did he?

1:30 p.m. Strange weather. Funnel cloud at Ocean Beach, at least according to this YouTube user:

1 p.m. The warning has been canceled.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado alert for San Mateo County. The alert lasts until 11:30 a.m. A funnel cloud has hit Santa Rosa, the Press Democrat reports.

TORNADO WARNING FOR… SAN MATEO COUNTY IN WESTERN CALIFORNIA… THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…SAN MATEO…SAN CARLOS…REDWOOD CITY…MILLBRAE…FOSTER CITY…BURLINGAME…BELMONT…

* UNTIL 1130 AM PDT

* AT 1058 AM PDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR HALF MOON BAY…OR 10 MILES WEST OF BELMONT… MOVING NORTHEAST AT 30 MPH.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO HILLSBOROUGH AND HALF MOON BAY

Instructions:IF YOU ARE CAUGHT OUTSIDE…SEEK SHELTER IN A NEARBY REINFORCED BUILDING. AS A LAST RESORT…SEEK SHELTER IN A CULVERT…DITCH OR LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS. THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER A WORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT IS AVAILABLE…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.

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