It isn’t every day that you hear about tornadoes in Washington state.
A “weak tornado” moved through the Southwest Washington town of Battle Ground on Monday night, according to the National Weather Service in Portland, and we can expect more details Tuesday on its strength and the path it traveled.
The little twister arrived amid a thunderstorm and looks rather ominous in a video posted by meteorologist Brian MacMillan of KPTV-FOX 12 in Portland. Damage reports were not available, but power outages were reported. Images shared on social media show some downed trees and branches, according to The Columbian.
Strikingly, the twister arrived almost exactly 59 years after a heftier one smacked Seattle with 100 mph winds. The Sept. 28, 1962, tornado damaged homes and formed a 100-foot-high waterspout as it headed across Lake Washington, according to HistoryLink.org. The first confirmed tornado in Western Washington, it then toppled 70 trees in Juanita and damaged the childhood home of Bill Gates, age 6.
“I saw our carport go up over the roof,” his mother, Mary Gates, told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
While the severity of that one was unusual, Washington state sees tornadoes every year, according to an interactive NOAA map with details of tornadoes since 1954.