Thursday, January 10, 2008

Tornado in Vancouver, WA

Oh-kay. This is freaking insane! I left Tex-ASS and Okie-La-La-Homa to get away from tornados. So...what do we have in Vancouver, just across the Columbia River from Portland? A freaking tornado! There is no damage reported yet but power is out in some areas. No word yet on casualties or injuries, but hope my ex-wife was playing outside when it hit. >wink<

I'm not going to go into the whole global Warming debate...but, you gotta admit this is some pretty freaky weather.


Updates:
There are reports of some damage coming in right now and there are some pictures of damage on the local television stations. KGW has a slideshow of photos sent in by viewers.

Here is a link for past tornados in this area and here is a link for tornado risks in your area.

At this time: There is a recent report of a funnel cloud in SW Portland and an uncomfirmed report of a tornado touching down in Hazel Dell, WA. The Hazel Dell report has been changed to a funnel cloud.

The tornado that touched down is being reported as an FØ-F1. The National Weather Service has issued a preliminary report of the tornado as an F1.

The Fujita Scale
F-Scale Number Wind Speed
F0 40-72 mph
F1 73-112 mph
F2 113-157 mph
F3 158-206 mph
F4 207-260 mph
F5 261-318 mph
F6 319-379 mph


3 comments:

Mary said...

One time there was a reallllly bad tornado in Vancouver, WA back in 1972. The casualty was about 300. They're rare (since that's the last one that happened).

Good luck!!

My Left Nut said...

Actually, there were 300 injured and 6 dead.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1972_Portland-Vancouver_Tornado

It's still a very scary thing to happen in this neck of the woods.

According to the disaster center, the risk from tornados in Washington state ranks 39. Oregon ranks 47. Total deaths from tornados, in Washington, since 1950 is *6*.

Anonymous said...

Mary, 6 were killed and 300 were injured...good luck left nut, hope the tornado is gone, never to return.
Sadie in Seattle