Washington Tornado Near Seattle Spawned by Heavy Storm

Image: Washington Tornado Near Seattle Spawned by Heavy Storm Fallen trees in wake of a tornado that passed through the Frederickson neighborhood near Puyallup, Wash.

Tuesday, 01 Oct 2013 07:11 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A rare tornado spawned by a heavy storm struck in Washington State on Monday, causing damage to the industrial area of Frederickson about 45 miles south of Seattle. No injuries were reported.

The tornado, which touched down at approximately 7:20 a.m., had a width of approximately 75 feet and lasted for less than five minutes with winds of speeds of up to 110 MPH, King5.com reported.

In addition to knocking out power and dumping a record amount of rain on thousands of local residents, the tornado also damaged several buildings, including a Boeing factory, The Washington Post reported.

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Work at the Boeing facility was temporarily stopped as a result of the storm, however reportedly resumed while repairs to the facility were underway, with no damage done to any equipment or machinery, according to Boeing spokesman Doug Alder said.

The Boeing plant houses thousands of employees and is responsible for constructing 777 and 787 vertical tails among other plane parts. Approximately two dozen parked cars had their windows blown out in the parking lot as well, The Post reported.

Another facility that saw more damage was that of Northwest Door, a residential and commercial garage door maker. The tornado tore 40-by-40-foot hole in Northwest Door's factory roof, forcing an evacuation of approximately 100 workers, according to a team from Seattle's Weather Service office.

"It looked from the inside like a wave going along. You could actually see the roof flexing," Northwest Door President Jeff Hohman told the Post.

"My first instinct, I thought it was an earthquake. Honestly, I never heard of weather like this, at least in Washington state," Kirk Ransden, who was inside the Northwest Door facility when the tornado bore down on it, King5.com reported.

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"We were in the building and it sounded like a vacuum starting," Ransden added. "It was really loud, kinda high pitched. A big boom and I saw a ripple through the ceiling and then everything came through, then water starting pouring."

In addition to the damage caused by the tornado, flood warnings remained in affect through Monday evening due to the amount of rain the storm brought with it, which was reportedly a September rainfall records for the area.

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