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Confirmed Tornado: More Destruction to Drenched Washington

10 Dec 2015, 3:10 pm

Possible Tornado WA
This week has seen long-lasting, torrential rains and high winds in the Pacific Northwest. The storms have caused power outages, flooding, landslides, sinkholes, and now a tornado.

The National Weather Service confirms a weak tornado caused damage in southwest Washington. It happened on Thursday at around 11:30 a.m. in the town of Battle Ground. There was minor damage, but luckily no injuries.

The state of Washington had already issued a State of Emergency before this report. It will allow the Governor of that state to call on the National Guard, if necessary.

There is storm damage in parts of Oregon and Washington state after this parade of storms.

In Rose Valley, Washington, rushing water washed out roads as usually tame creeks raged out of their banks.

And causing even more problems, the water pushed debris from upstream against bridges, causing even more damage.

In Snohomish, Washington, major river flooding threatened homes and businesses all along its banks, rising much higher than normal.

One local describes the current situation there saying, “This whole walkway area is normally seven feet under the river level.”

All over town, the signs told the story of what was happening as the river inundated normally dry areas, closing roads, sidewalks and trails.

Swollen rivers carry large debris downstream and are overflowing onto roads and property throughout the area.

As the big rains and winds have hit the Pacific Northwest this week, many have asked if this is because of the near-record El Niño, wondering if this will be an ongoing situation for this part of the country this winter. Mike Halpert, the Deputy Director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center has that answer.

“What we’re seeing here, a little bit, is a combination of El Niño and a positive Arctic Oscillation, which does help shift storm tracks poleward. It’s not something as we go further into the winter we would expect to see it continue,” Halpert explained.

It’s potentially encouraging news for those being ravaged by these huge storms in the region this week. As always, if you’re in an impacted area, listen to your local authorities and obey road signs and barricades.

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For WeatherNation: John Van Pelt

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