Tornado and Heavy Rains Bring Dramatic Damage and Flooding to Pacific Northwest

PHOTO:Anna Miller-Jessel and her son Kaydan Seai, 2, survey damage in their Eugene, Ore., Dec. 10, 2015, after a wind and rain storm moved through overnight, toppling several trees along the street and causing damage to cars and homes. PlayBrian Davies/AP Photo
WATCH Deadly Storms Continue to Pummel the Northwest

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.

EF1 tornados are considered to be weak, with winds ranging from 73 to 112 miles per hour, and they do not normally cause extensive damage.

PHOTO:Mike Warner posted this photo to Twitter with the caption, This light pole bent as possible tornado tore through Battle Ground neighborhood, Dec. 10, 2015, in Battle Ground, Wash. @MikeKATU/Twitter
PHOTO:Mike Warner posted this photo to Twitter with the caption, "This light pole bent as possible tornado tore through Battle Ground neighborhood," Dec. 10, 2015, in Battle Ground, Wash.

PHOTO:Mike Warner posted this photo to his Twitter account with the caption, Breaking: possible damage in Battle Ground, Dec. 10, 2015, in Battle Ground, Wash. @MikeKATU/Twitter
PHOTO:Mike Warner posted this photo to his Twitter account with the caption, "Breaking: possible damage in Battle Ground, Dec. 10, 2015, in Battle Ground, Wash.

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, some rivers in Oregon are rising, where more rain is expected this weekend.

PHOTO:Johnson Creek swells near flood stage in Portland, Ore., as the Pacific Northwest was soaked by another night of heavy rain, Dec. 9, 2015. Steve Dipaola/AP Photo
PHOTO:Johnson Creek swells near flood stage in Portland, Ore., as the Pacific Northwest was soaked by another night of heavy rain, Dec. 9, 2015.

PHOTO:Mike Ewing, co-owner of the Riverview RV Park, wades through floodwaters near a partially submerged car, Dec. 9, 2015, in Puyallup, Wash., after he hooked up a pump to get rid of water that flooded RVs and other vehicles Wednesday morning. Ted S. Warren/AP Photo
PHOTO:Mike Ewing, co-owner of the Riverview RV Park, wades through floodwaters near a partially submerged car, Dec. 9, 2015, in Puyallup, Wash., after he hooked up a pump to get rid of water that flooded RV's and other vehicles Wednesday morning.

At least two people were killed in Oregon from the extreme weather, the Associated Press reported.

A 60-year-old woman died when a tree crashed into her Portland home Wednesday, the AP said. Another woman drowned Wednesday afternoon after her car became submerged on a flooded road, The Oregonian reported.

PHOTO:A house in Southeast Portland, Ore., lies in ruins, Dec. 9, 2015, after a tree collapsed killing a 60-year-old woman in the early hours of the morning. Heavy rain and winds have battered the region causing widespread flooding and power outages. Alex Milan Tracy/Sipa USA
PHOTO:A house in Southeast Portland, Ore., lies in ruins, Dec. 9, 2015, after a tree collapsed killing a 60-year-old woman in the early hours of the morning. Heavy rain and winds have battered the region causing widespread flooding and power outages.

PHOTO:Flood waters of the Snoqualmie River surround a structure off State Route 203 during a storm in Carnation, Wash., Dec. 9, 2015. Jason Redmond/ Reuters
PHOTO:Flood waters of the Snoqualmie River surround a structure off State Route 203 during a storm in Carnation, Wash., Dec. 9, 2015.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency on Wednesday and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency for 13 counties on Thursday, the AP reported.

PHOTO:Flood waters of the Snoqualmie River surround a residence off State Route 203 during a storm in Carnation, Wash., Dec. 9, 2015. Jason Redmond/Reuters
PHOTO:Flood waters of the Snoqualmie River surround a residence off State Route 203 during a storm in Carnation, Wash., Dec. 9, 2015.

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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