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Moses Lake Tornado Confirmed by National Weather Service

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – Authorities at the National Weather Service confirm a strong storm that destroyed a barn near Moses Lake was a tornado.

 

Rick Call went to feed his horses just after six o'clock on Wednesday night when dark clouds rolled over his property and dark rain fell from the sky.  Call looked up and felt heavy, intense wind.

 

"I did three tours in Vietnam and we went through nine typhoons and I've never seen nothing, there was nothing like this," he said, referring to the strong winds.

 

The winds lifted his barn from the foundation and twisted it around, crashing about 30 feet away.  The barn door landed on a nearby shed.

 

Anthony Cavallucci from the National Weather Service spent about two hours taking measurements and examining the area before confirming the site was hit by a tornado.


Cavallucci found shingles from barn about 300 feet away and reported evidence of a tornado after examining damaged trees in the area. 

 

He said the storm was probably an F0 tornado, the smallest and weakest in the tornado classification system.  The tornado had winds of about 80 miles per hour and stretched about a third of a mile wide.

Previous coverage:

The National Weather Service says a strong May storm has swept across Washington, bringing high winds, thunderstorms and even a report of a barn-shifting tornado near Moses Lake.

National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Bodnar in Spokane says he spoke with a Moses Lake woman who reported a funnel cloud touched down Wednesday evening, damaging her horse barn. Grant County Emergency Management spokesman Kyle Foreman says the property owner says the barn was picked up, spun around in the air, then dropped about 30 feet from its original location. No injuries to people or livestock were reported.

Bodnar says the Weather Service can't confirm it was a tornado without sending out a damage assessment team. But he notes that a line of thunderstorms pushed through Eastern Washington on Wednesday evening. In the Spokane area, winds with those storms gusted near 50 mph.

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