Tornado touches down near Scio, Oregon, funnel cloud near Forest Grove, Banks
A weak tornado touched down near Scio, Oregon on Monday afternoon -- a day after an EF-0 tornado touched down in North Portland -- and videos posted on social media and the internet also showed a funnel cloud near Forest Grove and Banks.
“We have reports of a tornado on the ground in the Scio area, just to the east of Jefferson up towards the Cascade foothills,” said KATU’s Dave Salesky.
The National Weather Service categorized the twister as an EF-0, the weakest type.
Reports about the tornado started coming in around 3:30 p.m., and the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning that lasted through 4 p.m. and included a warning of small, marble-sized hail.
Scio City Manager Ginger Allen said there have been no reports of injuries or damage from the tornado.
Firefighters near Jefferson also reported seeing a tornado near Marion, Ore. moving east.
Faith, who was working near Jefferson at the time, told KATU that somebody ran inside her workplace and told them a funnel cloud had formed right outside the door. She said everyone ran outside to see what was going on.
"We just saw a funnel cloud, and it was just starting to pick up," she said. "You can kind of see the clouds kind of forming up and going up towards the funnel cloud, and it was just so cool. The sun was shining, people were walking around, and there’s just this funnel cloud just right outside our work.”
She said she didn't see it touch down and the storm didn't seem to have caused any damage.
"At 3:36 PM PDT, a confirmed tornado was located near Scio, or 12 miles northeast of Albany, moving east at 15 mph," the National Weather Service said in a bulletin. "Expect damage to mobile homes, roofs, and vehicles."
To repeat, a tornado is on the ground. TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.
Forecasters announced that the warning had expired shortly after 4 p.m.
In the Forest Grove and Banks area, Aaron Lohrer captured video of a funnel cloud forming.
Tornadoes are rare, but not unheard of in the state.
Sunday’s tornado near Marine Drive in Portland tipped over semi trailers, knocked out power for hundreds of people, and damaged a building.
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.
The NWS maintains a web page listing major tornadoes in Oregon, and the list has dozens and dozens of entries.