McMinnville Tornado: Twister Sweeps Through Oregon Suburb, Destroys Three Buildings [VIDEO & PHOTOS]
The McMinnville Tornado, with winds reaching 85 mph, touched down Thursday, destroying three buildings. The National Weather Service confirmed the McMinnville Tornado, which ripped through a Portland, Ore. suburb.
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According to Komo News, the McMinnville tornado, which happened about 35 miles southwest of Portland, clocked in as an EF-1 tornado. The tornado struck shortly after severe weather drenched the area Thursday evening around 4:30 p.m..
Two of the buildings destroyed by the McMinnville tornado were unoccupied storage buildings. The third was a building whose metal roof was popped off. Luckily, no injuries have been reported.
Tornadoes in Oregon, while rare, are not unheard of. According to KGW, as of 2010, Oregon has had 114 recorded tornadoes since 1887. The majority of them were EF-0 or EF-1 tornadoes, meaning their wind speeds reached about 110 mph (last month's devastating EF-5 tornado in Oklahoma had winds exceeding 200 mph). Only four of these were confirmed EF-2s or stronger. On average, Oregon gets two tornadoes every year; nearby Washington and Idaho get about seven.
In December 2010, a tornado in Aumsville, a city in Oregon's Marion County, experienced an EF-2 tornado with wind speeds that reached 111 to 135 mph. It caused more than $1 million in damage and affected 50 homes, but there were no reported injuries.
While tornadoes can occur at any time of the year and in almost any location, there are some clear patterns of tornado formation. One distinctly L-shaped, tornado-prone corridor of the U.S., duly named Tornado Alley, includes parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, eastern Colorado and western Iowa, has a relatively consistent season of strong and violent tornadoes. According to the National Atlas, Oklahoma is the state most in danger of violent tornadoes, as witnessed last month with the deadly Moore twister.
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