Tornado damages industrial area in W. Washington

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by KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 30 at 5:53 PM

The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down near Puyallup Monday morning, causing damage to buildings and tipping a train off its tracks.

The tornado moved through the industrial area around 7:20 a.m. in Frederickson, about 45 miles south of Seattle, bringing strong gusty winds that blew sections off of roofs and downed power lines.

Boeing spokesperson Doug Alder said the tornado went between two buildings at their Frederickson 777 and 787 manufacturing plant. Several warehouses and factories near the plant sustained damage, but after surveying the site, Boeing officials said no damage was done to parts, sections or equipment. One building received slight damage and repairs were under way. No injuries were reported.

Employees were told to shelter in place to ensure the site was safe. That has since been lifted and operations have returned to normal. Employees were being asked to report to their shifts as scheduled.

Aerial photos from SkyKING showed damages at businesses around the Frederickson Boeing plant. Central Pierce Fire & Rescue tweeted out a picture of damage caused by a reported funnel cloud near 190th Street East and Canyon. No injuries were reported by Central Pierce.

KING 5 Meteorologist Rich Marriott said the system appears to have moved out of the area and is heading east.

"Still a few off-and-on showers behind with a chance of morning thunderstorms, but not quite as organized, so we don't expect to see the showers as strong as they move through the course of the day," said Marriott.

A flash flood warning remains in effect for the Skykomish River in Mason County. Flood watches are in effect for Grays Harbor and Thurston counties and a High Surf Advisory for the Washington Coast.

On Monday, one to two feet of snow in the Cascades could make travel treacherous. A winter storm watch is in effect from Sunday evening through late Monday for the Cascades above 4,000 feet.

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