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Tornado Hits Vancouver, Hazel Dell Area

HAZEL DELL, Wash. - A tornado touched down in the Vancouver and Hazel Dell, Wash. area just before 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

billboardThe tornado moved through central and east Clark County and Skamania County between 12:15 p.m. and 1 p.m. It quickly downgraded to a severe thunderstom, then a general storm. The storm moved from west to east, causing areas of street flooding and wind damage from 78th Street to 99th Street.

About 2,500 homes and businesses have lost power in Clark County. Clark County Public Utilities is responding to wind-related damage. Powerlines are down, traffic signals are mal functioning, roofing has been blown off and trees blown down. But there are no reports of significant property damage or injuries.

Tornadoes are rare for the Pacific Northwest. The last one to hit the area was in April 5, 1972, killing six people. Washington ranks 47th for frequency of tornado sightings, and Oregon 46th, out of the 50 states. 

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