SEATTLE (AP) – A rare tornado moved in a Seattle suburb on Tuesday and injured several homes and bore trees, the authorities said.
Based on radar and video viewing, a tornado south of Port Orchard raped shortly before 2 pm, Brent Bower, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle said.
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Emily Silverman told the TV station KOMO-TV that she drove to a shop with her husband over time.
“It’s raining and it’s pouring down really badly and before you know it was all over,” Silverman said. “Our bilback windows blew out, our side windows blew out … I thought I was a goner.”
Her 2 year old son was in the back seat.
“So glad he’s OK because the entire rear window just fell in,” said Silverman. “It was just crazy. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life.”
Kitsap County Sheriff Office called the “catastrophic” damage and said it was located in the East and South neighborhood of Walmart in Port Orchard. The power lines were down and the roads were closed in the area, said the sheriff office.
About 50 buildings were affected, deputy vice president Scott Wilson told the Seattle Times.
KOMO TV reports reported damage to Rhapsody Drive and at the Bethel Tavern.
Video from the TV station’s helicopter on the site showed trees down, homes with ceilings swept and trash scattered across laps.
Bower said they could not review the site before it was dark and they would send a team Wednesday morning. They worked with acute handling partners to learn the extent of the damage.
The state amounts to 2.5 tornados a year, but the December tutorials are extremely rare, the weather service said on Twitter.
Most Washington Towers are rated EF
Port Orchard is located approximately 1
5 miles west of Seattle, across Puget Sound on the Kitsap Peninsula.