And exciting couple of hours from 5-7pm as we heard of a
possible tornado in the hills just northeast of Hockinson around 4:10pm.
Irene, whose barn it partially destroyed, says it was quick. A bang, and then chunks of her barn were flying away. Most important, she told us twice on-air that she could see a swirling “whitish” mass down over the barn.
The NWS folks are out there right now and we’ll hopefully find out if it was a tornado or not.
NWS says it WAS a tornado. EF0 rating. Here’s the statement:
“PRELIMINARY REPORT. ROOF PARTIALLY TORN OFF A BARN CONFIRMED. DEBRIS SPREAD OUT IN A 120 DEGREE CONE FROM THE BUILDING WITH THE LARGEST OBJECTS THROWN TO THE NNE OF THE STRUCTURE. LIGHTER OBJECTS WERE MOSTLY HUNG UP ON A NEARBY FENCE TO THE E AND SE OF THE BARN. NO OTHER DAMAGE WAS NOTED TO NEARBY TREES…STRUCTURES AND OTHER VEGETATION AROUND THE BARN. THE TIME IS ESTIMATED FROM RADAR AND REPORTS.”
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen