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Tornado Strikes Manzanita In Early Morning

Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue (Allison Johnson, photo)

A tornado hit the coastal town of Manzanita this morning.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, clean-up has begun ahead of a second predicted wave of gusts and rain during the weekend.  

Credit Video credit Tyler Ryals
A still from a YouTube video shows the tornado hitting the coastal town of Manzanita. One watcher says it looks like an electrical transformer has been hit at this moment.

  Witnesses say the tornado knocked down power lines and trees.  No injuries have been reported yet.  A National Weather Service official says they plan to send out a survey crew to determine how powerful it was.

Rick Bernard is with Bernard Construction in Manzanita.  He says he’s been impressed with the progress made by cleanup crews since the tornado hit downtown.  

Credit Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue (Allison Johnson, photo)
A destroyed home and roof litter the Manzanita area after a tornado touched down this morning.

“You couldn’t even walk on the street because there was so much debris and phone poles and trees," begins Bernard, "but there were emergency responders right there on top of everything.  They’ve done a very good job of keeping it contained.  

"Not to say that there isn’t some heavy duty work…reconstructing the buildings and getting the phone poles back up. That’ll take a while.” 

Bernard says one retail business had its roof torn off.  And one resident says all her windows were blown out.  Further stormy weather is expected tomorrow.

Video credit Tyler Ryals

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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