Strong winds prompt reports of tornado - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Strong winds prompt reports of tornado

SPOKANE, Wash. - Strong winds ripped through North Spokane last night and prompted reports of a tornado in one area west of Chattaroy.

Authorities at the National Weather Service say winds blew through the area near South Dragoon road around 9:30 Wednesday night but were not tornados.

Neighbors in the area spent Thursday clearing dozens of trees that fell on their street and said it could be weeks before the damage is completely cleared.

"The fresh scent of pine was so much that it was like you had just put it off in your house type of thing," said John Blessent.

Twenty one-year-old Jeffery Richards was taking pictures of lightning when he says he saw a funnel cloud in the sky. Richards and his friends went into the house and worried about their horses as wind and rain passed their house.

Winds ripped a metal roof from a nearby hay shed and lodged metal siding into trees along the road.

"It was just crazy," said Richards.

Gordon Jones asked a friend to drive him to work when downed trees blocked his driveway this morning.  His wife says there is no way around them.

Crews from Spokane County spent much of the morning clearing a right of way along South Dragoon Road.

No injuries were reported.

KHQ news crews are not aware of any homes being hit by falling trees.

Despite the heavy damage to trees and sheds, the National Weather Service say the storm was probably not a tornado because much of the damage was blown in a single direction instead of circular by a rotating tornado.

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