Severe Thunderstorm Causes DamagePosted: Updated:
Friday's thunderstorm combined with 70 mile-an-hour winds to topple trees and destroy homes. High winds and a funnel cloud ripped through Umatilla County prompting Tornado Warnings early Friday evening.
Power was out for a large section of our area.
The storm ripped out trees by the root, sent trunks tearing through sheds and crashing into houses.
"We were standing right over there, on the back porch when the wind started out, just a big wall of wind came through and the rain started hitting real heavy," said witness John Christensen.
Trees in both Christensen's front and backyard fell over like toothpicks.
"I've got a '91 Chevy Silverado that's buried underneath all the rubble there," he said.
To make matters worse Christensen just took the insurance off his truck.
Benton County Fire Fighters said Christensen is not the only one feeling the damage.
"There's actually quite a bit of damage, there's some flooding going on out here, there's water over the roadway. People just have to be careful through the night, there's a lot of trees, a lot of branches and a lot of water on the roadway," said Devin Helland, Benton County Fire District No. 1.
Christensen said he had to laugh after the storm passed, but the feeling didn't last long.
"It's not a laughing matter at all. I've got a lot of damage here that I need to figure out how to get it taken care of," he said.