Oceanside residents shocked tornado hit

Oceanside and Manzanita both hit by tornadoes

Jacob Phillips works on a tree damaged in the Oceanside tornado, October 14, 2016 (KOIN)
Jacob Phillips works on a tree damaged in the Oceanside tornado, October 14, 2016 (KOIN)

OCEANSIDE, Ore. (KOIN) — Jacob Phillips worked through the lightning and driving rain on the cliffs in Oceanside to clean up a tree that came down Thursday night.

He and the other residents were shocked at the heavy weather that moved overhead.

The National Weather Service confirmed 2 tornadoes touched down, one in Oceanside, the other in Manzanita.

“The clouds got real dark and a big gust of wind came,” Phillips said. “Blew our hats all the way across the road.”

Saxon Williams saw the tornado in Oceanside, October 14, 2016 (KOIN)
Saxon Williams saw the tornado in Oceanside, October 14, 2016 (KOIN)

The men worked just down the hill from a home on Sea Cliff Terrace that was damaged from the strong winds. Neighbors said many of the home on that cliff are used as second homes, and fortunately no one was home at the time the windows blew out.

Saxon Williams was heading to a job for the water company when he spotted the tornado coming off the water.

“We got an alert on our phone that there was a tornado in the area but we were close enough to make it to the customer’s site,” Williams said. “As we were rounding and came parallel to the coast, we saw the water spout form.”

No one was injured in Oceanside Friday, but it did take residents by surprise.

“I know that those are the conditions right for a tornado but we totally did not expect to see anything,” Williams said. “We thought it was just going to be raining.”