• It's Official: Tornado touches down in Oregon town


    McMINNVILLE, Ore. - The National Weather Service says it was indeed a tornado that damaged several buildings Thursday in the community of McMinnville, Ore.    

    The NWS reports the tornado is an EF 1, with estimated winds between 86 mph and 110 mph.

    No one was hurt but McMinnville Fire Chief Rich Leipfert says three commercial buildings -- all used for storage -- were damaged.

    Leipfert says a porch roof also sustained minor damage.    

    Weather Service meteorologist Miles Higa in Portland says a NWS storm survey team dispatched to the site.    

    McMinnville is southwest of Portland.    Higa says the agency also received reports of funnel clouds seen in or near Hillsboro, Albany and Harrisburg, Ore. 

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