A tornado left storm damage in the Manzanita area Tuesday, Jan. 21. Large hailstones were also reported as a rainstorm struck along the North Coast.
Witnesses said a water spout was seen on the ocean shortly before the tornado blew through in the area of Neah-Kah-Nie Meadow north of Manzanita. TV news station FOX 12's meteorologists first reported the storm as a possible tornado.
Tillamook County Emergency Management and Nehalem Bay Fire and Rescue (NBFR) personnel responded to the scene. There were no injuries reported, but some properties were damaged, and there were reports of tree damage.
NBFR Chief Chris Beswick said units were dispatched to a residential fire alarm at around 11 a.m., finding the alarm was triggered by the tornado. He said at least four homes had reports of minor damage such as broken windows, missing shingles and other roof damages.
Beswick said witnesses reported a tornado of around 20 feet in diameter. He said it does not appear to have touched down at any point and it dissipated quickly.
Emergency Manager Gordon McCraw said the National Weather Service did an assessment and classified the funnel cloud as a confirmed EF-0 tornado, weak but bringing winds between 65 and 70 mph. The tornado’s path was an estimated quarter-mile long and 100-yards wide.
An EF-2 tornado with winds up to 130 mph tore into Manzanita in 2016, causing significant damage. Two shops and a home were smashed in the storm and more than 100 other properties were damaged.
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