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Crews assess damage from Washington state tornado

2 years 6 months 23 hours ago Wednesday, December 19 2018 Dec 19, 2018 December 19, 2018 9:07 AM December 19, 2018 in News - AP National

SEATTLE (AP) - A National Weather Service storm damage survey team is heading to a town west of Seattle where a strong tornado blew through a neighborhood.

The rare twister touched down Tuesday in Port Orchard, Washington. It damaged several homes and toppled trees.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The National Weather Service crew will determine just how powerful the storm was.

The Kitsap County sheriff's office told local media the damage was "catastrophic" and contained to neighborhoods east and south of a Walmart in Port Orchard.

The sheriff's office says power lines were down and roads were closed in the area.

About 50 buildings were affected.

Port Orchard is about 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Seattle, across Puget Sound on the Kitsap Peninsula.

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