Heavy Winds Rip Through Northern California Town

WILLIAMS (AP) — Heavy winds have ripped roof tiles from homes in a rural Northern California town.

Witnesses reported a funnel cloud about 3 p.m in Williams, about 60 miles northwest of Sacramento. On Wednesday, the National Weather Service in Sacramento sent an investigator to determine whether a tornado caused the damage. Since November, three tornadoes have been confirmed in the 23-county area it covers.

Local news video showed damage to at least two homes in the Colusa County town, with tiles missing from part of one tract home. Police also say the high winds also broke a window in a vehicle.

No injuries were reported.

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