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Tornado scare for North Coast

The warning was in effect Monday afternoon
By Katie Frankowicz

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 18, 2017 3:48PM

Last changed on September 19, 2017 9:44AM

A tornado warning for portions of Clatsop County and Washington state’s Pacific County came to nothing Monday afternoon, but residents did report seeing water spouts in some areas and there could be another round of thunder and lightning on Wednesday.

The rare warning rattled nerves and was a reminder of the tornado that touched down in Manzanita last October, causing significant damage.

North Coast residents can expect to see more rain for the next few days and some wind — nothing unusual for the coast, just an especially abrupt end to summer. Out on the water, however, advisories for smaller boats are in place though the afternoon due to winds, hazardous seas and rough conditions at the Columbia River Bar. The U.S. Coast Guard listed the status of the bar as restricted for all recreational vessels and uninspected passenger vessels this morning.

The National Weather Service reports temperatures are expected to remain cool, with daily highs just inching into the low 60s through Friday. There is a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms on Wednesday.

The rain should ease up by Friday, just in time for the annual Pacific Northwest Brew Cup beer festival in Astoria. Saturday is predicted to be mostly sunny with a high near 65 degrees.

On Monday, the National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning for northwestern Clatsop County and southwestern Pacific County that was in effect until 4:15 p.m. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury. The weather service had detected a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado 10 miles west of Warrenton and 9 miles southwest of Ilwaco. People were advised to take cover.


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