Small tornado seen in southeastern Arizona

MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - The National Weather Service says a small tornado touched down in southeastern Arizona Friday night.

The landspout happened in the town of Marana and was caused by a severe thunderstorm that moved through the area near Tucson just before 7 p.m. Friday.

Meteorologists confirmed the sighting through images on social media after issuing a tornado warning for the Picacho Peak and Red Rock areas.

There have been no reports of injuries or damages.

A landspout forms upward from the ground and it becomes a tornado when it connects to a cloud in the sky.

They are common in southeast Arizona but landspouts are different from the supercell tornadoes found in the Midwest. Those tornadoes form in the sky and then hit the ground.

 

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