EF-0 tornado damages dairy farm near Lebanon

Winds were 65-75 mph when it hit Tuesday afternoon

A reported funnel cloud touched down at Spencer's Dairy Farm in Lacomb, Oregon, September 19, 2017 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An EF-0 tornado landed in Lacomb, near Lebanon, Tuesday afternoon, destroying several buildings at Spencer’s Dairy Farm on Green Mountain Drive. 

The 65-75 mile per hour winds caused major damage to 3 farm buildings and completely destroyed 2 others. There have been no reports of people or animals being injured.

A reported funnel cloud touched down at Spencer's Dairy Farm in Lacomb, Oregon, September 19, 2017 (Lebanon Fire District)
A reported funnel cloud touched down at Spencer’s Dairy Farm in Lacomb, Oregon, September 19, 2017 (Lebanon Fire District)

According to the Lebanon Fire District, debris was found almost a mile away from its source.

Jason Bolen, the Division Chief of Planning and Administration for Lebanon Fire District, told KOIN 6 News there was “really heavy damage to the roofs of 4 structures and complete damage to 2 structures. They had 2 hoop houses out there, very large — one was 19,000 square feet, the other was 14,000 square feet — and those hoop houses were completely destroyed. The other 2 barns were wood frames and had their roofs torn off.”

The National Weather Service said the tornado touched down around 1:07 p.m. but it only lasted a few minutes.

A reported funnel cloud touched down at Spencer’s Dairy Farm in Lacomb, Oregon, September 19, 2017 (KOIN)

Pat Hulburt told KOIN 6 News she came face to face with the storm, which tore through a path about 500 feet wide and traveled about 1,200 feet.

“My husband came running up on the porch saying ‘take cover, there’s a tornado coming our way,'” Hulburt said. “It was heading right for us, for our house.”

There are 8 houses in the area, but thankfully none of them were damaged. Trees and power lines were not so lucky though, and crews worked late Tuesday night restoring power to the nearby residents.

Farm worker Reuben just barely missed the tornado as he drove down the road to get lunch.

By the time he got back, the wind had done its damage.

“I’m glad I wasn’t here because the barn that completely came down was my next project,” Reuben “I probably wouldn’t have died or gotten hurt — our cows didn’t — I wouldn’t say I survived certain death today by leaving. I’m glad I wasn’t here for it but I kind of wish I had seen it.”

Halburt said after living in Lacomb for 39 years she knows things will be back to normal in no time.

“That’s what we do out here in Lacomb, everybody helps each other,” Halburt said. “We get behind each other, we raise barns, we’ll all be down here helping and doing whatever we can.”

Chopper 6 flew over the damage Tuesday evening: 


In Molalla, another funnel cloud touched down at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday as seen is video shared by Doug Feddersen.

Eileen Park contributed to this report.