2008 Vancouver tornado

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2008 Vancouver tornado
EF1 tornado
Vancouver Tornado - RTX loop.gif
Radar loop of the thunderstorm which spawned the tornado
Formed January 10, 2008 12:15 p.m. – 12:40 p.m. PST
Max rating1 EF1 tornado
Damage $525,000[1]
Casualties None
Areas affected Clark County, Washington
1Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita scale

The 2008 Vancouver tornado was a rare tornado that occurred in the city of Vancouver, Washington on January 10, 2008.[2] The NWS rated this storm to be an EF-1 (wind speeds of 90-110 mph).[3]

The National Weather Service briefly posted a Tornado Warning.[4] The tornado was immediately accompanied by several funnel clouds, and an advisory issued stated that more funnel clouds were possible.[5] A funnel cloud was seen to the south of the tornado in Gresham, Oregon.[5] The storm was a rare event in the Pacific Northwest.[4]

Damage to a marina in Vancouver

Damage reports showed widespread downed power lines, malfunctioning traffic lights, and roofing that had been ripped off.[2] The majority of the damage was light in nature.[6] Vancouver Lake Crew's facilities on the east shore of Vancouver Lake were demolished in the storm. At least 126,000 customers had lost power because of the storm.[7]

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  1. ^ "nov08news". American Meteorological Society. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Tornado Hits Vancouver, Hazel Dell Area". KOIN. Archived from the original on January 16, 2008. Retrieved January 12, 2008. 
  3. ^ "NCDC:Event Details". National Climatic Data Center. Retrieved May 3, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "Tornado Strikes Vancouver". KPTV. Archived from the original on January 18, 2008. Retrieved January 12, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "Residents still abuzz over tornado". KGW. Archived from the original on January 15, 2008. Retrieved January 12, 2008. 
  6. ^ Skidmore, Sarah (January 11, 2008). "Tornado hits Vancouver area". Seattle Times. Archived from the original on February 20, 2008. Retrieved March 20, 2008. 
  7. ^ Vogt, Tom. "Vancouver's killer tornado: Science behind the storm". The Columbian. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 45°40′26″N 122°41′57″W / 45.673893°N 122.699223°W / 45.673893; -122.699223