Homes torn apart, trees uprooted after tornado touches down southwest of Seattle


WATCH: Washington state is known to only get one or two tornadoes a year, with most in the eastern part of the state. But on Tuesday, a rare December tornado touched down. Tornado aftermath footage from King 5. 

Homes were torn apart Tuesday afternoon when a tornado touched down near Port Orchard, a city west of Seattle in Washington state.

WATCH: The aftermath of a tornado west of Seattle. Credit: King 5

King5 Port Orchard Tornado 1

King5 Port Orchard Tornado 1

Duration 7m

At around 2:30 p.m., the National Weather Service said that based on radar imagery and video evidence, it was able to confirm a tornado touched down south of Port Orchard shortly before 2 p.m.

The agency said it will not be able to survey the area before it gets dark tonight so the tornado survey will be done tomorrow morning.

Until the survey is done, the National Weather Service will not speculate how strong the tornado was.

Some trees were uprooted and fell onto houses when the tornado touched down. Other houses had entire roofs ripped off.

WATCH: Homes were damages and trees were uprooted during a tornado south of Port Orchard. Credit: King 5.

King 5 Port Orchard Tornado 2

King 5 Port Orchard Tornado 2

Duration 8m

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office called the damage “catastrophic” but added that it was contained to neighbourhoods east and south of a Walmart in Port Orchard. Roads are closed in the area and power lines are down.

The sherriff’s office has also issued an evacuation warning for an area of South Kitsap due to a natural gas leak.

Evacuation warning for an area of South Kitsap!The Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management has announced an…

Posted by Kitsap County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, December 18, 2018

There are no reports of any injuries following the tornado.

WATCH: Damage at a Port Orchard strip mall following Tuesday’s tornado. Credit: King 5

WEB Port Orchard Strip mall damage KING 5

WEB Port Orchard Strip mall damage KING 5

Duration 43s


Port Orchard is about 37 kilometres west of Seattle and 113 kilometres south of Victoria.

There is an average of 2.5 tornadoes in Washington state every year. December tornadoes are very rare, averaging 0.1 per year.

The last tornado in western Washington state was on March 30, 2017, in Monroe.

With files from KING 5


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