Friday, January 11, 2008

A tornado touched down just after noon yesterday in my hometown of Vancouver, Washington. Tornados are extremely unusual in that region and the last one happened in 1972. The tornado, rated as an EF1 (the '72 storm was an F2), caused winds from 90-100mph which resulted in trees being uprooted and broken in half. A semi truck was flipped over in the wind, and several store signs and billboards went flying. The storm touched down near Vancouver Lake, then again near 78th and HWY99, quite close to where my sister lives. Although there was a ton of property damage and 1,200 people left without power, there were no injuries or fatalities as a result of the storm. Here are some photos of the damage:

I have a friend who I met playing hockey in Los Angeles. A couple of years ago, she and her husband moved their family, coincidentally, to Vancouver. I got an e-mail from her last night saying how bad the storm was and that she'd take southern California and sunshine any day. Clearly, she's forgotten about the earthquakes, mudslides and fires.

5 Comments:

Blogger LA said...

Holy cow, that's crazy! About ten years ago, there was a tornado in Long Beach that ripped some roofing off a shopping center.

Glad to hear everyone was okay.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous jen said...

The worst damage was to a boat house on Van. lake. That picture is devasting!

http://www.kgw.com/perl/common/slideshow/sspop.pl?recid=7358&nextimage=0

1:21 PM  
Blogger dnetrunner said...

I have a friend (she recently became a widow)that manages 2 senior trailer parks here (in Vancouver). She is fine, and the Red Cross and Public Utilities company were busy in the park today cleaning up. I was glad to see that they stepped in so soon. The tornado just had to hit at least one trailer park!

10:38 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Yikes!

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You probably knew more about the tornado than I did as all of our Comcast services were out for about 22hrs!
The tornado went through the back half of our apt. parking lot before moving east attacking Fred Meyers.
It was really oookie hearing it(like 20x louder than thunder), then the wind, hail and sideways dumping rain...and lightening struck just outside our back patio.
We were really lucky it decided to skip on by us and touch down elsewhere.

7:17 PM  

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