Waterspout prompts tornado warning for Pierce Co.

A waterspout spotted near Anderson Island on Saturday prompted a rare tornado warning in Western Washington.

The National Weather Service issued the warning for west central Pierce County just before 12:30 p.m. after the waterspout was seen headed east toward Steilacoom or Fort Lewis.

It was moving at 25 mph.

The twister was spotted by people in Dupont and at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

"I've never seen anything like that," said Ron Hagen, who works at the Home Course in DuPont. "I've been around here all my life I've read about it in the paper but I've never seen one, but that was something else and we got some pretty good pictures out of it really."

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There were no reports of damage. Check the radar

The NWS said the safest place to be during a tornado is in a basement. Get under a workbench or other piece of sturdy furniture. If no basement is available, seek shelter on the lowest floor of the building in an interior hallway or room such as a closet. Use blankets or pillows to cover your body and always stay away from windows.

If in mobile homes or vehicles, get out and get inside a substantial shelter. If no shelter is available, lie flat in the nearest ditch or other low spot and cover your head with your arms.

The warning expired at 12:30, but stormy weather was expected to continue through the afternoon.

NWS said it was the first tornado warning issued for the Seattle Metro area (the Puget Sound area) since Dec. 12, 1969. The 1969 tornado warning was issued for Camp Washington.


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