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Tornado damage reported in Longview, Washington

A rare tornado hit the city of Longview in Washington state Thursday ripping down power lines and damaging properties.

The tornado touched down briefly near an elementary school in Longview, Daily Mail mentioned.

According to the Cowlitz County Department of Emergency management, the funnel cloud broke up north of Kelso shortly after it was first spotted.


Several power lines were down at 7th Ave. and Washington Way, and at other locations between Longview and Kelso, KOIN 6 News reported.

The National Weather Service has mentioned that the tornado passed through six blocks but haven't caused injuries. The National Weather Service survey team also confirmed that the tornado that touched down near Longview around 12:40 p.m. was an EF1, meaning winds were anywhere from 86 to 110 mph.

According to the AP, tornadoes are rare in Washington state and the Pacific Northwest as the Pacific Ocean generally prevents severe temperature changes.

Longview is located about 50 miles north of Portland, Oregon.

Original post: Natural Disasters List October 23, 2014