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A tornado near Big Sur was a rare event on the first day of a severe weather season the National Weather Service said Friday.
The tornadoes began at 7:23 a.m. Friday at Point Conception, northwest of Santa Cruz. They traveled south before dissipating in the ocean, according to the weather service, which said no injuries or damage was reported.
The weather service issued a tornado warning for San Francisco, San Mateo County, the North Bay Cities, and the Santa Rosa and Folsom areas of Los Angeles County.
It said the tornado wasn’t large enough to be classified a large-scale, damaging tornado and that the likelihood of producing a large-scale or severe tornado was “low” for Sunday and Monday.
However, the warning warned that “strong thunderstorms” were forecast to cause “heavy rains and dangerous winds.”
The last tornado touched down near Monterey County on Aug. 26, killing one person and injuring eight.
The first day of the severe weather season has been dominated by very strong winds in the