Rare tornado touches down outside Seattle, causing "catastrophic damage"

By Peter Martinez

/ CBS News

Person captures apparent tornado touching down in Washington state on Tue., Dec. 18, 2018. Floyd Parkins

Port Orchard, Wash. — A tornado touched down near Port Orchard in Kitsap County about 45 miles west of Seattle, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle. The service said it hit shortly before 2 p.m., and local media reports several homes were damaged and trees toppled.

CBS affiliate KIRO-TV in Washington reports the tornado hit before a warning could be issued.

Debris, including leaves and litter, was apparently lifted at least 6,000 feet into the atmosphere, KIRO added.

The Kitsap County Sheriff's said there was "catastrophic damage," including downed power lines. They also said local gas companies are checking their systems for any leaks. Authorities also urged motorists to stay clear of the area.

Do not attempt to drive in the areas of Lund, Bethel, Salmonberry, Harris and Chase. Those roads are closed.

— Kitsap Sheriff (@KitsapCoSheriff) December 18, 2018

There wasn't any immediate reports of any injuries.

This is a developing story. Please check back for latest updates.

First published on December 18, 2018

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