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EF-1 tornado knocks down trees in Grays Harbor County, NWS confirms

The National Weather Service said the EF-1 tornado was on the ground for less than 2 minutes and had peak winds estimated around 90 mph.
Credit: NWS

NEILTON, Wash. — The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed an EF-1 tornado with peak winds of approximately 90 mph touched down in Grays Harbor County Saturday morning. 

The NWS said radar and photographic evidence from the area are consistent with a tornado. 

According to the NWS, radar indicated rotation capable of producing a tornado approximately 5 miles southwest of Neilton between approximately 4:35-4:45 a.m. Saturday. In response to the radar scan, a tornado warning was issued at 4:40 a.m. and was in effect for 20 minutes.

The NWS said the tornado “most likely” touched down around 4:40 a.m. and was on the ground for less than 2 minutes. Based on the location and path, the NWS said the tornado traveled half a mile and had a maximum width of 30 yards.

A Quinault Nation deputy reported that he saw multiple downed trees between a foot and 2.5 feet in diameter across Moclips Highway around 5:20 a.m.

The NWS said there were reports and images from a trained spotter that showed additional damage about half a mile to the northeast across a forest service road.

No other damage or injuries have been reported at this time.

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