Rare tornado touches down outside Seattle, causing “catastrophic damage”

Posted at 4:49 PM, Dec 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-18 19:53:21-05

Port Orchard, Wash. – A 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., and local media reports several homes were damaged and trees toppled.

CBS affiliate KIRO-TV in Washington reports the tornado hit 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,” including downed power lines. They also said local gas companies are checking their systems for any leaks. Authorities also urged motorists to stay clear of the area.

There wasn’t any immediate reports of any injuries.

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Washington Tornado
Person captures apparent tornado touching down in Washington state on Tue., Dec. 18, 2018. (Floyd Parkins image)