Tornado touches down in Fresno, California, authorities confirm

FRESNO, Calif. -- A tornado touched down in the area of Herndon and Academy in Fresno on Thursday, the National Weather Service confirmed.

ABC30 Insider Josh Brockett sent in a photo of what appeared to be a funnel cloud. A funnel cloud is a rotating funnel-shaped cloud and only differs from a tornado because it has not touched down, according to the NWS.

The NWS analyzed the picture of the funnel cloud and determined it had touched down briefly and was a tornado.

It is in the weakest category of tornadoes - EF 0 - and there were no reports of anyone having been hurt.

It appears an outbuilding may have been damaged. A close look at some video of the tornado shows that debris was swept up and flying within it.

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