Tornado Touched Down Near Portland, NWS Confirms

September 11, 2019

A storm cell that passed over Portland, Ore., prompted two tornado warnings after trained storm spotters saw funnel clouds north and south of the Columbia River.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that forecasters said the Sunday evening storm that created the funnel clouds also brought heavy rain. The rain prompted a flood advisory in Clark County. Local authorities said standing water covered some parts of Interstate 5 in southwest Washington.

The National Weather Service confirmed the storm cell produced an EF-0 tornado that briefly touched down on a farm northwest of Portland in Multnomah County. Forecasters issued the first tornado warning for that area at 6:46 p.m. after a trained spotter saw a funnel cloud.

The weather service says officials found damage to corn and pumpkin crops and solar panels as well as downed tree limbs.

The second tornado warning came at 8:06 p.m. after a funnel cloud was spotted near Orchards, north of Vancouver, Washington. No damage was reported there.

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