Weather phenomenon hits Aurora airport, flips over two planes, downs power lines

PHOTO COURTESY AURORA FIRE DEPARTMENT - Two planes were reported flipped by the tornado that struck the Aurora Airport Thursday afternoon.

The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado was spotted near the Aurora State Airport on Thursday afternoon.

KOIN 6, a news partner of the Woodburn Independent, reported KOIN 6 - Pamplin Media Group news partner, KOIN 6, showed the intense storm on their Doppler Radar at 3:59 p.m. on Thursday.that Aurora Fire Chief Rod Yoder said the storm flipped over two airplanes at the airport and downed power lines on Boones Ferry Road west of the airport.

The NWS of Portland issued a tornado warning for Clackamas County this afternoon. That warning expired at 4:15 p.m.

The NWS of Portland tweeted at 4:16 p.m. that "the storm has weakened and moved out of the area." At 4:23, the NWS of Portland tweeted that a meteorologist would be surveying the damage.

The Molalla River School District delayed its homecoming parade as a result of the tornado warning, according to a news alert.

UPDATED 10/13/17:

The NWS of Portland released a preliminary report on yesterday's tornado at the Aurora airport, along with a report on yesterday's tornado in Mount Vista, Washington.

According to that report, the Aurora tornado started at 3:39 p.m. on Boones Ferry Road NE, west of the airport.

Greenhouses in that area sustained damage and the tornado continued to travel east across the airport property.

Two planes were flipped at Willamette Aviation Services. The tornado ended at Airport Road NE at 3:40 p.m.

The tornado was classified as a 0 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, the lowest classification on the 0-5 scale.

The estimated peak winds were 65-70 mph, the path length was 0.6 miles and the maximum path width was 50 yards.

There were no fatalities or injuries.

The Mount Vista tornado started at 3:05 p.m. and was also classified as a 0 on the Enhanced Fujita scale. That tornado also caused no injuries or fatalities.

The NWS of Portland also tweeted a video of the tornado in Aurora.

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