The National Weather Service officially canceled a tornado warning it issued late Tuesday morning in Kitsap County.
Gusts of wind, rain kills trees, cuts off the electricity by the thousands
The alert went off around 11:30 a.m. and covered Silverdale, Tacyton, Seabeck, Suquamish, Brownsville and Rollingbay.
Remote areas – including the Hood Canal – have also been hit by extreme marine conditions and high winds.
Here’s a look at the rough seas hitting the bridge after we closed the train span to traffic. The waves hit the bridge deck – that’s about nine feet in the air. No estimated time for reopening. pic.twitter.com/b2GyHjbYMU
– WSDOT Tacoma (@wsdot_tacoma) November 9, 2021
The NWS warns that “storms are still threatening the area today” and calls on residents to “remain vigilant”.
While tornadoes aren’t common in Washington state, they’re not entirely uncommon either. Most recently, one landed near the north end of Battle Ground Washington in September 2021.
Another hit in Grays Harbor County in October 2020 that fell 10 trees on the Moclips Highway at mile marker 18.
A tornado also swept through Port Orchard in 2018, damaging several homes with fallen trees and debris.
Battle Ground last experienced a major tornado in 2015 that damaged 36 houses, generating winds of up to 104 miles per hour on its three-kilometer path.
The deadliest tornado in the state’s history occurred just 15 miles south of the Battle Ground in Vancouver, Washington, in 1972. The Vancouver tornado was blamed for injuring about 300 people and being hospitalized. Property damage was estimated at $ 6 million, which is over $ 35 million in today’s dollars.
According to the Tornado History Project, there were a total of 118 tornadoes in Washington state between 1954 and 2016. Mostly they are rated EF0 or EF2 on a scale from “weak” between EF0 and EF1 to “strong” ”for EF2 and EF3 and up to“ violent ”for EF4 and EF5.
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