SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Tuesday brought strong winds, thunderstorms and hail to residents in the Sacramento region, including a strong dust devil near Elk Grove, according to the National Weather Service.
Throughout the day, viewers sent FOX40 videos of hail and strong winds, including a clip of what NWS confirmed was a dust devil.
“I just looked up in the sky and I saw this little funnel coming down. And I was like, is that a tornado,” said Tammy Vigon. “It was crazy.”
Tammy and Jim Vigon were driving in Elk Grove when the activity up in the sky caught their eyes. They shared the video they recorded with FOX40.
“And as it continued to go downward, and we could see the brownness of it, hitting dirt. And I said, ‘Oh my God. It’s touched down. It’s made contact with the ground,'” Jim Vigon said.
Not long after, the dust devil can be seen going back up into the sky.
A separate video of hail, also provided by a viewer, came from the Vacaville area. NWS Sacramento determined that the dust devil did not cause any damage, but that it will conduct further investigation.
Thunderstorms fired up around downtown Sacramento and near Knights Landing in Yolo County on Tuesday afternoon.
According to NWS, thunderstorms in the Sacramento Valley are producing periods of heavy rain, which could cause flooding on the road and in low-lying areas. If you come across a flooded road, NWS Sacramento recommends to not attempt to drive through it.
Earlier on Tuesday, NWS Sacramento issued a weather statement for Sacramento, West Sacramento, and Florin for possible winds of up to 30 miles per hour and half-inched sized hail. The NWS told residents to seek shelter in a sturdy structure.
Vacaville endured thunderstorms and hail Tuesday morning around 11 a.m., with the thunder lasting around 30 minutes and hail around for 10 minutes. Quarter-inch hail was observed in downtown Vacaville.