By Rod Hill on 2020-11-10
A strong rain cell at 12:20 Tuesday afternoon produced strong winds, leading to roof damage to a home and damage to other homes from large limbs. Initial reports indicate this was a tornado. The isolated cell in a northwesterly flow is not our typical or most high chance scenario to produce weak tornadoes.
Here is the NWS report:
1220 PM TORNADO 2 W SAINT HELENS 45.86N 122.85W 11/10/2020 COLUMBIA OR NWS STORM SURVEY UPDATED PREVIOUS TORNADO REPORT FROM 2 W SAINT HELENS. TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN NORTHWEST ST HELENS, NEAR INTERSECTION OF PITTSBURG AND ROBINETTE RD. THE TORNADO MOVED TO THE SOUTHEAST, WITH LIGHT DAMAGE. MOST DAMAGES WAS NEAR BARR AVE AND PITTSBURG ROAD, WITH DAMAGE TO SOME TREES, A CAMPER, AND SNAPPED POWER LINES. THE TORNADO ENDED JUST EAST OF THE MCBRIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN ST HELENS. TORNADO PATH LENGTH WAS ABOUT 1.7 MILES, WITH A DAMAGE PATH WIDTH OF ABOUT 200 YARDS. ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS 60 TO 65 MPH MAKING THE TORNADO AN EF-0. THE START TIME WAS AROUND 12:20 PM AND ENDED AROUND 12:26 PM.