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Tornado warning for Morgan Hill prompts school worries

A brief tornado warning for Santa Clara County ended without incident or a sighting, but caused a 30-minute restriction on dismissals at Ann Sobrato High School, according to the National Weather Service.

The warning included high winds, hail, and heavy rain and a twister that crossed through the Morgan Hill area around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

While weathermen saw the tornado on their radar system, no initial reports of seeing one touch ground in Morgan Hill were immediately reported.

Students at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill saw about 30 minutes - from 2:20 to 2:50 p.m. - where they were not being allowed out of classrooms until parents were there to pick them up, said an attendance officer at the school who refused to give her name. Because of the tornado warning, more parents picked up their kids at dismissal at 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, students at Brownell Middle School after-school programs were sent home early because of the warnings, and administrators at Christopher High School briefly considered putting the school on lock-down about 3 p.m. - dismissal time - Office Coordinater Janie Gillespie said. Gilroy High School had dismissal as normal despite the warning.

The ongoing series of storms that started early Monday morning has dealt increasingly severe weather to South County throughout the week. More rain is expected Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon, according to the NWS.

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