National Weather Service now says tornado hit Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A tornado has struck Bakersfield – officially, at least.

No damage was reported, and the "tornado" is really just a reclassification by the National Weather Service of what was first considered a "gustnado" or dust devil.

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A complex of thunderstorms rapidly formed between 6 and 7 Monday night over Bakersfield, and large updrafts developed, feeding into the storm, Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist Miles Muzio said.

One of the updrafts reached the surface, making a connection between the ground and cloud base.

The tornado was an EF-0, meaning no damage and wind speeds reaching 50 mph (EF-0 tornadoes can have wind speeds up to 70 mph). This is also sometimes referred to as a "land spout," where dust helps define the circulation for easy identification, Muzio said.

The NWS released its determination Tuesday afternoon.

Monday night's twister was only 25 yards wide and traveled a distance of a quarter mile near Old River Road and Stockdale Highway in about 2 minutes.

The last tornado to hit Bakersfield: April 1999 brought another EF-0.