Tornado Near Hockinson Today

6:40pm Thursday…

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.

7:15pm update…

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

15 Responses to Tornado Near Hockinson Today

  1. SEDrools says:

    Snowed for about 10 minutes SE King Rd, and 75th ave. Milwaukie Dome was compramised for a few minutes.

  2. I wonder if the GORGE has ever seen a tornado during recorded human history? Do you think the prevailing west winds during spring convective season would interfere with the formation of rotating winds in stronger cells?

  3. Here are some pics from the tornado today. Not a lot of damage, but some debris thrown NE, some to the SE.

    • Sarah in West Linn says:

      Thanks for those photos! Next best thing to being there. I especially like the sheet metal “sculptures” with the barn in the distance.

    • WhiteEagle - Garden Home / SW Portland says:

      I know the office thanked you already Tyler, but I want to say thanks personally as well. Your photos were extremely helpful with the diagnosis and you’re doing a great service for your fellow citizens by being so proactive in working with us and so generous in sharing your work. That…and your pictures in benign weather are pretty awesome too. 😉 ~ Shawn Weagle

    • Thanks Shawn! Any kind of weather excitement is good, especially when nobody gets hurt!

  4. David B. says:

    Hey, Mark! Your blog seems to still be on standard time. I’m posting this at 7:58pm…

  5. runrain says:

    I’m liking those low 60’s for early next week. Will feel so much better than these 30’s-40’s. One more chilly day to get through until things moderate a bit. Temps in the 40’s aren’t going to sit well with the ASU baseball team which opens a 3 game series in Corvallis tomorrow against the #3 nationally ranked Beavers!

  6. Snowing at a good clip. But no tornadoes here

  7. Ben T says:

    2nd! Crazy weather we’re having.

  8. EY (Oak Grove) says:

    Reminds me of a report made by my grandfather (to me) a few years ago. One of these shower/sunbreak days, a quick cell popped up over him and he was looking outside when he saw the fir tree limbs start whipping around and lifting up, followed by a rotating column of debris lifting high into the air.

    Really brief one, just about as long as the one up in Hockinson. Just didn’t cause almost any damage, other than outdoor furniture being flipped.

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