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.
Based on radar imagery & video evidence, a tornado touched down south of Port Orchard this afternoon shortly before 2 PM. We continue to work with EM partners on the extent of damage. We will not be able to survey the area before dark tonight – will send a team tomorrow morning.
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) December 18, 2018
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.
Do not attempt to drive in the areas of Lund, Bethel, Salmonberry, Harris and Chase. Those roads are closed.
— Kitsap Sheriff (@KitsapCoSheriff) December 18, 2018
There wasn’t any immediate reports of any injuries.
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