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A Tornado Hit Ventura County

This isn't the first time a tornado has hit the area. In this photo a tornado funnel touches down in Riverside, CA in 2008. (Merri Lynn Casem/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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Robert Garrova and Jessica Ogilvie contributed to this report.

Strange weather is afoot: The National Weather Service confirmed this morning that a tornado touched down in Ventura County near the Santa Clara River:

Orange County and Santa Barbara County got tornado warnings as well in the early hours of Thursday morning:

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Those warnings were later cancelled.

This isn't the first time that Californians have seen twisters strike.

"They're more common than people realize," said Kathy Hoxsie, a meteorologist with the NWS. Historically, she added, California has seen about six tornadoes a year on average.

Most tornadoes occur in the northern parts of the state, but they can happen further south as well.

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This morning's warning came after an increased level of rotation was observed at low levels in the atmosphere. Parts of Northern California were issued a warning as well:

Tornadoes in California typically occur outside of population centers, and aren't as strong as they are in other parts of the country. But if a warning is issued in your area, Hoxsie suggests heading for the bathroom.

"Bathrooms tend to be smaller rooms, which means structurally, they're stronger," she said.