By Laila Kearney
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A rare tornado has damaged about a dozen homes in Northern California, sending roof tiles and solar panels flying and leaving residents of the city of Roseville in shock over the unusual event, officials said on Thursday.
The twister descended late on Wednesday in a residential area of Roseville, about 18 miles north of the state capital, Sacramento, and ripped through a distance measuring some 100 yards, a Roseville Fire Department spokesman said.
“It kind of touched down pretty quickly and went back up,” said the spokesman, Rob Baquera. “Roof tiles went flying off, solar panels … and a boat was lifted up and moved about six feet from where it was.”
Small funnel clouds occur about once a year in the Sacramento-area, but Baquera could not remember the last time a tornado hit Roseville. While no one was injured, residents were shaken up and hunkered down afterward, he said.
“It was definitely a tornado,” said National Weather Service forecaster George Cline, adding that on the Enhanced Fujita scale it ranked as an EF0, the smallest measurement category for twisters.
Some 10 to 12 homes were damaged in the tornado’s path, but none were destroyed. Debris smashed windows and ripped a large hole in the bedroom wall of one home, causing between $30,000 and $40,000 in damage to the dwelling, Baquera said.
(Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and G Crosse)
‘Brett Kavanaugh’s penis is back in the news’: Bill Maher breaks down the latest Supreme Court scandal
HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher broke down the latest scandal facing the United States Supreme Court.
"Brett Kavanaugh's penis is back in the news," Maher said. "The New York Times kind of tripped over his dick on this one."
Maher suggested the report reflects poorly on Kavanaugh's manhood.
"The problem is the woman, the victim, has no recollection of it happening -- which isn't really a ringing endorsement of his penis," Maher said.
‘It’s all up to Republicans’: Columnist wonders when the GOP will stand up to Trump
President Donald Trump's burgeoning scandal with Ukraine has one columnist wondering when Republicans will put country before party.
"I was going to write today about how House Democrats are handling the impeachment question. But the truth is, it’s largely irrelevant. As long as Republicans are united in opposition, President Donald Trump will stay in office," Bloomberg Opinion columnist Jonathan Bernstein wrote. "That’s not to say that there aren’t bad and worse choices for Democrats, but they’re not the ones who have the real decision to make."
Kellyanne Conway’s husband scorches Democrats for not impeaching Trump in blistering WaPo op-ed
President Donald Trump has been "emboldened" by congressional inaction, according to a powerful new op-ed published Friday evening by The Washington Post.
The bipartisan appeal was written by prominent Republican attorney George Conway, who is the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, and Neal Katyal, who served as the acting Solicitor General during the Obama administration.