NWS: Small tornado tips trailers, knocks out power in North Portland

An EF-0 tornado that briefly touched down in North Portland - Photo from the National Weather Service

PORTLAND, Ore. – A small tornado briefly touched down in North Portland as a series of thunderstorms swept across the region Sunday afternoon.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the tornado touched down at about 3 p.m.

It was rated at an EF-0. According to NOAA, that means it had wind speeds of between 65 to 85 mph that could cause some light damage.

Officials said they found the most signs of damage just south of Marine Drive.

The tornado was captured on video by a man who lives nearby.

The incredible video shows strong winds and tractor trailers being pushed to their side.

"The rain was pouring down and I looked this way I saw the tornado and there was one trailer that fell to the ground. Second trailer then I started screaming for my friend, 'Ricky, you've got to see this. Live Tornado,." Kadir told KATU News.

His video captured what looked like a tornado on the ground go past him.

"I was never expecting to see a tornado in Portland," he said.

Three unoccupied semi-truck trailers were overturned, trees had broken limbs, and a building saw some minor roof damage, the NWS said.

Pacific Power is reporting more than 800 homes and businesses without power in North Portland near where NWS says the tornado touched down. The utility tells KATU News that it is "quite the tangle out there," and certainly fits with what NWS is reporting. They have additional crews en-route and hope to restore service by 7 a.m.

Tornadoes are rare, but not unheard of in Oregon. The NWS maintains a web page listing major tornadoes in Oregon, and the list has dozens and dozens of entries.

A tornado destroyed two barns and damaged three others in Linn County last year.

In October 2016, a waterspout off the Oregon Coast came ashore as a tornado, causing widespread damage in Manzanita, Oregon.

This is a developing story; updates will be posted.

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