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Severe thunderstorm, weak tornado pass through Battle Ground area

By Mark Bowder, Columbian Metro Editor
Published: September 27, 2021, 9:56pm

A strong thunderstorm that swept through north Clark County on Monday night produced a weak tornado near Battle Ground, according to the National Weather Service.

“Multiple videos and doppler radar indicate a weak tornado moved across north Battle Ground earlier this evening,” the Portland office of the National Weather Service said on Twitter late Monday night. “Two NWS meteorologists will conduct a storm survey Tuesday morning and determine path length, path width and the strength of the tornado.”

The weather service issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 7:30 p.m. for areas northeast of Battle Ground, including Yacolt and Chelatchie Prairie, with the possibility of winds up to 60 mph and penny sized hail.

The warning had said a tornado was also possible, and video shared on social media showed what appeared to be a funnel cloud or small tornado north of Battle Ground area.

Damage reports were not available Monday night, but images shared on social media show some downed trees and branches.

Clark Public Utilities reported power outages to customers both north and west of Battle Ground. As of 9:45 p.m., the utility said it had restored power to 2,525 customers, while 117 customers remained without power.

Columbian Metro Editor