The National Weather Service says the wind that caused minor damage Sunday at Lake Roesiger, near Snohomish, was not a tornado.
UPDATE/SNOHOMISH, WA - The National Weather Service says the wind that caused minor damage Sunday at Lake Roesiger, near Snohomish, was not a tornado.
The Weather Service said Monday it was a straight line wind, estimated at 70-to-75 miles per hour. The wind uprooted a couple of trees and blew limbs off others. It destroyed a playhouse and tore some siding off a house.
One week earlier, the Weather Service says a tornado estimated at the smallest-sized twister, touched down briefly at Eatonville. Winds estimated at 75 mph ripped off a carport roof, and knocked down a road sign.
Washington averages about two tornadoes a year.
NBCRightNow.com - Experts are working to see if a second tornado has now touched down in Washington State this year.
On Monday staff at the National Weather Service sent a storm survey team to the site to determine if the damage was caused by a tornado or perhaps just a downburst of wind.
They said a strong storm cell hit the area east of Lake Stevens Sunday afternoon.
The wind ripped siding off a home, demolished a playhouse, and blew items, including a trampoline, across a yard.
People who live in the area said the winds sounded like a jumbo jet landing right on top their houses.
If confirmed as a tornado, it would be the second one this spring.
A very weak EF0 tornado caused minor damage in Eatonville last Sunday.
It had maximum wind speeds of 75 MPH, and was on the ground for less than a minute.
Tornadoes are rare, but not unheard of in Washington State. The National Weather Service said the state sees about two twisters each year.
The strongest recorded in Washington hit the Vancouver area in 1972. It was an F3 tornado, which left six people dead and caused upwards of $5 million in damage.