Though it was on the ground in the Port Orchard area for around a minute, it did a lot of damage. One house lost its entire roof and nearby houses lost parts of theirs. There are a lot of large trees that came down or were snapped in half and power lines are down, too. According to KIRO7 meteorologist Morgan Palmer, debris was pulled aloft up to 6000 feet into the air. As of the last report I heard, no one has been injured but there was concern of a natural gas leak, so people are being kept out of that neighborhood. You can see the news report here. We also made the CBS News, or at least the western edition.
The Big Crow and I live about 20 miles southeast of Port Orchard. As we were leaving Starbucks this afternoon, I spotted somemammatus clouds. They’re rare here but I know they’re often associated with severe weather. So, I wasn’t too surprised when I heard about the tornado once I got home, even though I know they weren’t part of the same cell that produced it.
Tornadoes don’t occur often in Washington state and this is one of the strongest ever recorded. When I was a kid in the sixties, one passed a few miles from our house near Sea-Tac Airport and took off part of a pine tree in a friend’s yard.