(AP) Friday, March 27 --The National Weather Service says a funnel cloud touched down near Roseville shortly after 6:15 p.m. last night.
A Fire Department Division Chief tells the Merced Sun-Star that 12 houses suffered roof damage and six reported fence damage.
No injuries are reported.
The weather service says a tornado also touched down in Ordbend, in Glenn County. KNTV says there are reports of at least four twisters, which are rare for California.
The northern half of the state is experiencing wild weather including thunderstorms packing heavy winds.
Showers are likely to continue through the weekend.
Weather forecasters are predicting a strong El Niño for parts of California this winter and lasting through early spring. While it could bring much needed rain, it could also cause problems.
Triple digit heat has many people staying cool inside. But outdoor workers don't have that option.