11:15 Update – Pacific Northwest Coast residents and visitors are being warned to “batten down the hatches and turn your yellow radios on,” according to reports from the Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay (EVCNB).
As of 9:30 a.m., Manzanita Mayor Gary Bullard has declared a state of emergency for the small coastal community and officials are encouraging travelers and storm chasers to stay away, following a tornado that touched there at 8:25 a.m. today, according to Tillamook County Commissioner Mark Labhart.
An emergency shelter is open at Calvary Baptist Church in Manzanita, added Tillamook County Emergency Management Director Gordon McGraw.
Officials said a command center has been set up at the Manzanita post office and the Incident Command Team, under Sheriff Andy Long supervision, is in place at the 911 Center in Tillamook.
Labhard said the power is out in Manzanita, two businesses have been destroyed, several homes are severely damaged and one house has been declared uninhabitable. So far there are no reports of any serious injuries or deaths.
A Water Spout came ashore in Manzanita just after 8 a.m. Friday morning becoming a tornado when it hit land. The tornado ripped up Laneda Ave and reached Hwy 101.
According to Tillamook County Commissioner Mark Labhart, who has been in contact with Linda Kozlowski with the Nehalem Volunteer Corps, no injuries or fatalities are reported as of 9:30 a.m.
Trees are down, one house was left uninhabitable and at least two businesses got hit with significant damage. Three to four other homes received significant damage by the tornado.
Power is out and PUD crews are responding. The Nehalem Volunteer Corps along with an Incident Command Team lead by Tillamook County Sheriff Andy Long have set up a command center at the Manzanita Post Office. Long is asking people to stay away from Manzanita while emergency responders work to ensure everyone is safe. More information will be posted as it becomes available. Headlight Herald Editor Jordan Wolfe is on the scene now so pictures and video will be posted as it becomes available.