MARANA, AZ - A tornado warning was issued Friday night until 7:30 p.m. in Marana. Posts on social media showed a spout that appeared to be approaching the ground at one point. The National Weather Service has now confirmed that a landspout tornado happened just before 7 p.m. in Marana.
The warning was issued for the Rancho Marana area, and people were asked to stay sheltered until the alert was lifted at 7:30 p.m.
NWS said the landspout tornado happened near Sanadrio and Barnett roads. A landspout tornado forms from the ground upwards and when it connects to the cloud it is then considered a tornado, NWS said.
Landspout tornadoes are the most common type that we see in southeast Arizona, NWS said. They are different from supercell tornadoes that are commonly seen in the Midwest, when the circulation drops from the cloud to the ground.