Rare tornado pounds Oregon coastal town

A tornado touched down Friday morning in the small Oregon coastal community of Manzanita, toppling trees and damaging homes as a continuing barrage of stormy weather pounded the Northwest.

Spiraling winds left businesses, like the local ice cream parlor, caved in and partially collapsed. Homes lost their roofs, porches ended up totally flipped over by uprooted trees. Telephone poles snapped like twigs and lives wires lay strewn about the town’s debris-ridden streets.

The tornado struck at around 8:20 a.m. Tillamook County Sheriff Andy Long says two businesses are confirmed destroyed and one home is uninhabitable. Several other homes have roof damage. There are about 80 trees down blocking main roads and highways in the small town of about 600 people.

The mayor of Manzanita has declared a state of emergency in the tornado’s wake. The declaration by Mayor Garry Bullard is necessary for the beach town to be eligible for federal disaster money.

No injuries have been reported, but several residents were shaken up by the experience.

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