Small tornado causes damage in Vancouver

A storm passed through Friday afternoon

A small tornado rolled through Vancouver on March 24,2017. (KOIN)


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) —  A weak tornado passed through the Orchards/Covington area in Clark County Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

The EF-0 tornado passed through hit the area at 3:15 p.m. and caused damage in the area. An EF-0 has winds from 65-85 miles per hour.

The storm showed signs of rotation first over Vancouver and then moved into Orchards. While it was a weak tornado, the strong wind caught people off guard.

Vancouver resident Jeremy Lampert told KOIN his shed was lifted up and blown over a tall bush into a neighbor’s yard. He also had a fence knocked down and broken tree branches.

“I mean, I’ve had wind storms where you get a branch or two, but nothing like this,” Lampert said.

Scott Brown’s patio cover flew a couple hundred feet and landed in a neighbor’s backyard.

“It could’ve been a lot worse, so it’s not that big of a deal so I’ll just contact my insurance,” Brown said. “No one got hurt, it’s all good.”