PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A storm cell that passed over Portland, Oregon, prompted two tornado warnings after trained storm spotters saw funnel clouds north and south of the Columbia River.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that forecasters said the Sunday evening storm that created the funnel clouds also brought heavy rain. The rain prompted a flood advisory in Clark County. Local authorities said standing water covered some parts of Interstate 5 in southwest Washington.
Possible damage from the first tornado-warned storm earlier this evening near Old Cornelius Pass Rd. Thanks for sharing, Jim Kessinger and Matt @Zaffino. We're probably going to pay Plumpers a visit tomorrow to survey the damage and make a determination on what caused it. https://t.co/hh1Rt62zKe— NWS Portland (@NWSPortland) September 9, 2019
The National Weather Service confirmed the storm cell produced an EF-0 tornado that briefly touched down on a farm northwest of Portland in Multnomah County. Forecasters issued the first tornado warning for that area at 6:46 p.m. after a trained spotter saw a funnel cloud.
The weather service says officials found damage to corn and pumpkin crops and solar panels as well as downed tree limbs.
The second tornado warning came at 8:06 p.m. after a funnel cloud was spotted near Orchards, north of Vancouver, Washington. No damage was reported there.