Вы не поверите, но недалеко от нас случился сильный ветер.
LONGVIEW, Wash. — A tornado with winds surpassing 85 mph ripped roofs off buildings, launched large yard toys through windows, uprooted trees and sent shocked residents scrambling in Cowlitz County Thursday afternoon.
The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado was an EF1 on the tornado scale.
The tornado carved a skipping path through neighborhood streets and into downtown Longview before vanishing in the dark sky a short time later.
Denny Malloy was driving through Longview when the wind started swirling around his truck.
“I saw what looked like an enormous dust devil and then these large panels off a roof started falling everywhere,” he said. “It seemed like everyone was pretty stunned.”
Then, he watched in shock as the wind ripped the roof off a nearby appliance store.
Kelly LaBeau pulled up just as the roof lifted off an assisted living facility in Longview. “I said to myself, ‘What is going on? There aren’t tornadoes in Longview.'”
A woman named Flo told KGW she was driving home with her granddaughter and was lucky enough to get inside before it hit her car. “We ran in the house real fast. I said ‘Oh my God, is that a tornado?’ And then I told my granddaughter ‘Get in the house! Get in the house!'”
Flo said she noticed that the twister touched ground and then lifted back up more than once, uprooting trees, snapping power poles and bending metal signs in random spots along her neighborhood streets.
At another home, Andy Bernard took a break from carving pumpkins and stepped outside to see what was making so much noise. Just then, his outdoor trampoline came flying right at him and shot through the window.
“It decided to take flight right at me and I ducked and the trampoline went into the house and it sucked it back out and up and over the roof and the garage, and down three quarters of the block,” he said. (See photo)
Nearby, a huge chunk was missing from a tall wooden fence. No sign of where it ended up.
Down the street, a resident was standing outside his home assessing a shattered window and chatting in disbelief on his cell phone.
No injuries have been reported at this time. Authorities said the worst debris and damage appeared to be near the intersection of 10th Street and Vandercrook Way.
Chris Cook was inside 360 Auto Care, in Kelso, when debris started spinning in the city block around him.
“It sounded like rumbling, just massive, massive rumbling,” he said. “The wind peaked up and started hitting us.” Then, he and a friend safely got inside the shop. “If he’d [his friend Jeremy] been outside just 10 seconds later, I don’t know what would have happened,” Cook said.
Удивительно то, что жертв не было. Совсем. Не считая тех, у кого сейчас дома стоят без крыши и т.п.
Человеческих жертв не было.