A tornado warning was issued for a part of Merced County Tuesday because of a large thunderstorm over that region.
The National Weather Service issued the warning at 1:39 p.m. Tuesday, and it remained active until 2:15.
There were no initial reports of damage. A severe thunderstorm warning remained active after the tornado warning expired, and a flood advisory developed due to heavy rain.
Also affected by the alerts were north-central Merced County, southwestern Tuolumne County and western Mariposa County.
Dopler radar showed a “severe” thunderstorm having formed 10 miles north of Winton at 1:39, the NWS said. The storm had the potential to create a tornado.
Anyone living in the area was advised to seek shelter immediately.