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Possible funnel cloud, strong storm briefly passes through Marana

Thursday afternoon, The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Picture Rocks and Marana
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Posted at 10:45 PM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-27 02:40:29-04

MARANA, Ariz. — 3:41 P.M. Thursday afternoon, The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Picture Rocks and Marana.

"It looked like it was just going north of us toward the Marana exits off the freeway and then within it seemed like 30 minutes, it was gone," Said Kristin True, a Marana resident.

By 5 P.M., look in the skies over the community and you wouldn't think anything happened there.

"The alarm went off and it says 'tornado in your area, take shelter,' I was like 'what?'"

True owns a hotel in Marana, she said the day started pretty typical: clear skies and warm.

"I looked up and I'm like 'what's going on?' You know the weather is great and I walked outside and the temperature seemed like it had dropped a whole lot. It was pretty cool."

True wasn't the only person surprised by Thursday's fast growing storm.

"I wasn't expecting much to happen and in a matter of minutes it really gained a lot of strength and ramped up and began to rotate," storm-chaser Lauren Bailey said.

Bailey found herself right under the clouds, she says the storm moved quickly and toward the north.

"I had to pull over for a little while and just let it pass over me so that I could find another spot to start shooting again and by that time I was in clear skies."