A strong tornado touched down shortly before 5 pm EST just south of Port Orchard, Washington. That’s about 14 miles southwest of Seattle. It’s possible that this tornado could turn out to be the strongest twister in Western Washington since 1972, when an EF3 tornado hit near Vancouver.
Pic of damage from Washington Emergency Managemenet – Video of the tornado here. Aerial view of the damage here. Pictures and the story from KING5 (NBC), KOMO (ABC), KOIN (Portland), KIRO (CBS), Q13 (FOX) and the Seattle Times. Washington State averages 2.5 tornadoes per year. They average just one tornado in the month of December every ten years. The last EF2 tornado in Washington was way back in 1986. Looking at the pics. and video, this looks like about EF2 damage. At least 50 homes were damaged. Lots of trees and wires down…some blocking roads.
The Red Cross has opened a shelter at the local Catholic Church. Here’s a picture of the tornado debris signature on the Seattle radar. Look at the flying debris in this video. Watch trees falling here.