Tornado confirmed in Eatonville

Staff writerApril 28, 2014 

Weather that ripped a carport from an Eatonville home Sunday was confirmed to be a tornado Monday, the National Weather Service said.

The tornado touched down for less than a minute, and had an estimated top wind speed of 75 miles per hour, according to the Weather Service office in Seattle. At its widest, it was about 25 yards, and it had a path about 0.2 miles long.

Before the tornado, there was briefly heavy rain and nickle-sized hail, meteorologists said.

Eatonville Mayor Mike Schaub said no one was hurt by the tornado, which happened about 5:30 p.m. near Madison Avenue South and Center Street East.

It wasn’t the only tornado Pierce County has seen recently. In October, one damaged buildings and cars in Frederickson.

Though infrequent, they’re not that unusual for Washington.

“They’re rare compared to what happens in the Midwest,” Weather Service meteorolgist Johnny Burg said. “Washington state averages about two a year.”

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