A tornado touched down in Aumsville, Ore., just before noon today, wreaking havoc in the small town south of Portland.
According to The Oregonian newspaper, the twister and accompanying storm knocked out power to thousands of residents and destroyed homes and businesses. So far, at least 10 families have sought shelter through the Red Cross, but no injuries have been reported.
Tornadic activity is rare in the Pacific Northwest, and the violent storm caught most residents of Aumsville off guard.
"Oregon's moderate climate and topography are not conducive to frequent powerful tornadoes," Kathie Dello, a research scientist with the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University, told KVAL News. "The Pacific Ocean moderates the climate and the Coast Range protects us."
Here is some footage of the aftermath of the tornado:
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