36 homes damaged by tornado in Battle Ground, Wash.

Justine Stimmel was shopping in Battle Ground when a possible tornado tore through town.

The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down in Battle Ground, Washington on Thursday.

The city of Battle Ground reported that at least 36 homes were damaged by the tornado. No injuries have been reported.

Clark County Emergency Services said two commercial buildings were damaged and evacuated.

The National Weather Service sent a team from its Portland, Oregon office to assess the damage.

Callers to Clark County dispatch described a tornado touching down in Battle Ground, Washington, Thursday morning.

After the incident, Battle Ground Public Schools posted a message on Facebook that some students were sheltering in place as a precaution, but all students were safe.

Anyone who has storm damage to report was asked to call 360-992-8000.

The NWS warned the public of a significant weather event coming to Clark County late Thursday morning, and radar showed several isolated storms moving through the area around that time.

A low pressure center sitting offshore will bring occasional rain Thursday, heavy at times, with possible hail and thunderstorms, according to KGW meteorologist Rod Hill.

This comes after the region has already been hard hit by heavy rains, flooding and landslides. On Wednesday, Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency for Washington due to the storms going back to last week.

KING 5 Meteorologist Mary Lee forecasts said rain is expected to continue, though it will lessen later in the day, and thundershowers are possible. It's also expect to be windy, with gusts topping 50 mph north of Everett and coastal gusts of up to 60 mph.

The snow level is dropping to 2,500-to-3,000 feet with 3 to 12 inches of snow likely in the passes.


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