NWS: Wind damage near Lake Roesiger was not from tornado
SNOHOMISH, Wash. -- It was not a tornado but a strong wind gust that caused some minor damage in a Lake Roesiger neighborhood Sunday evening, the National Weather Service said.
A storm survey team inspected the damage Monday and decided it was caused by a 70-75 mph wind gust, caused from an intense downdraft from a nearby storm cell. They found two fir trees uprooted and had fallen in a similar direction, and a number of small tree limbs blown down.
In addition, three strips of siding were torn off a house and a wooden kids playhouse was destroyed. No one was hurt.
"Sounded like a jumbo jet was coming right across the house," said Nathan Arneson. "A neighbor called me and said, 'we just saw the siding rip off the side of your house.' "
Amanda Arneson described a more surreal scene:
"Just across the street I could see what looked like a funnel cloud," she said. "And I saw (their kids' playhouse) get picked up and go by the window kind of like the Wizard of Oz... It just flew by and hit the ground."
But the storm survey team couldn't find any evidence of swirling winds a tornado would bring.
It's the second time a storm cell has caused damage in the Puget Sound area this spring. A week before, a weak tornado touched down in Eatonville, causing minor damage.
Washington averages about two tornadoes a year.