Port Orchard, Wash. – A confirmed tornado touched down near Port Orchard in Kitsap County about 45 miles west of Seattle, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle. The service said it hit shortly before 2 p.m. Local media said several homes were damaged and trees toppled.
CBS affiliate KIRO TV in Washington reports the tornado before a warning could be issued.
Debris, including leaves and litter, was apparently lifted at least 6,000 feet into The atmosphere, KIRO added.
The Kitsap County Sheriff’s said there was ” catastrophic damage ” in the Port Orchard area, including downed power lines. De har også sagt at lokale gasselskaper kontrollerer deres systemer for eventuelle lekkasjer. Authorities also urged motorists to stay clear of the area.
There was no immediate reports of any injuries.
NWS said it will send a team Wednesday to the area and said it’s too early to “speculate on the strength of the tornado.”
How weird was the Washington tornado?
CBS News weather producer David Parkinson said the last tornado warning the US was nine days ago, and the last severe warning was four days ago.
NWS said Washington State sees an average of 2.5 tornadoes a year – let alone any in December.