(BATTLE GROUND, Wash.) — Extreme weather is pummeling the Pacific Northwest.
The area is recovering from a tornado in Washington, as well as heavy rain in Washington and Oregon, that have left devastating damage and flooding in their wake.
On Thursday, an EF-1 tornado struck the town of Battle Ground, Washington, with winds estimated up to 104 miles per hour. The town is about 25 miles north of Portland, Oregon.
Tornadoes are rare, but not unheard of in the Pacific Northwest. Washington state averages about one tornado each year.
Heavy rains also drenched Oregon and Washington this week, causing mudslides and flooded roadways.
While some water has receded, a few of the bigger rivers are rising, especially around Portland, where more rain is expected this weekend.
Washing County Executive Dow Constantine offered advice to residents at a news conference this week.
“Don’t try to drive through standing water,” Constantine said. “We had to rescue someone during the last flood, and you’re not as tough and your car is not as tough as you think. So just let it be, go around, call for help.”
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