Manzanita cleaning up following powerful tornado

EF-2 tornado damaged 128 buildings on Friday

People in Manzanita began cleaning up the day after an EF-2 tornado blew through the town, October 15, 2016 (KOIN)
People in Manzanita began cleaning up the day after an EF-2 tornado blew through the town, October 15, 2016 (KOIN)

MANZANITA, Ore. (KOIN) — Clean up is underway in Manzanita following Friday’s powerful tornado that damaged 128 buildings and disrupted power for thousands.

No one was injured, and many residents said the high winds expected Saturday — up to 90 mph — will be easy to handle following the 125 mph winds that came with the EF-2 tornado.

A Red Cross disaster assessment team is combing through Manzanita recording the damage ahead of more storms. There is still quite a bit of debris littering the ground in the 2 block area where the storm hit. One cottage was shifted off its foundation and ripped apart near Laurel Avenue.

Jane Wannell of Manzanita said she was prepared and weathered the storm well.

“I always have my camping equipment ready because we lost power. So I was able to cook nice meals yesterday,” she told KOIN 6 News. “The utility people were amazing! We got power back at 8 o’clock last night. That was an amazing gift to us. I want to thank them all. And we’ve had a lot of people helping from the surrounding villages in Tillamook. They’ve all come to clear the debris.”

Power was restored to all but about 500 people by early Saturday morning, officials said.

Judson Moore, who spoke with KOIN 6 News on Friday, recounted what he saw as he cleaned up his business, Unfurl.

He didn’t really believe the warning he received. “What? A tornado?” But he looked outside and saw “a wall of water and debris coming up the street” so he and his wife locked themselves in their bathroom.

“The pressure changed. You could almost feel the suction and the whole building was shaking,” he said. “I could hear the neighborhood just being torn apart.”

It only lasted about 30 seconds, he said. His business was not badly damaged, he said.