Thursday, January 10, 2008

Rare Tornado hits South West Washington

Authorities confirmed that a tornado touched down in Vancouver (Hazel Dell to the Yacoult area) about 12:35 p.m. last Thursday, causing no injuries but considerable property damage. Nearly 1,000 people were without power, after the twister ripped down power lines, uprooted trees and tossed cars, trucks and semi trailers around like toys. Our eyewitness told us that all of the shopping carts at Fred Meyers were picked up and thrown onto highway 99.

There were no immediate reports of injuries as the funnel cut a swath through a residential neighborhoods. The twister was classified as a F-O or F-1 tornado, the lowest level possible with wind speeds of 75-100 miles an hour. Many, many families lost the roofs of their homes.

A huge thank you to Poindexter’s mom for providing Latte Republic with a eye witness report. We are very relieved to hear that Poindexter’s family was not injured by the tornado!

(Please click links below to start tornado video clip)

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