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EF-1 tornado causes damage to dairy farm near Lebanon

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Photo: Lebanon Fire District Photo: Lebanon Fire District
Photo: Lebanon Fire District Photo: Lebanon Fire District
LEBANON, OR (KPTV) -

An EF-1 tornado caused damage near Lebanon on Tuesday.

The Lebanon Fire District responded to reports of a funnel cloud touching down at Spencer’s Dairy Farm in Lacomb at 1:26 p.m.

Cell phone video from a witness shows the tornado touching down near the farm. 

"It came from here, touched the ground and went all the way up to the hills over there, and then knocked a few trees over there," said Ryan Sparks, whose mom took the cell phone video. 

Crews arrived to find five farm buildings that had sustained extensive wind damage. Two of the buildings totaling more than 23,000 square feet were complete losses.

“It was just devastating to the dairy,” said witness Pat Hulbert. 

A path of debris and damage spread for around three-quarters of a mile.  

“It was swirling and swirling,” said Hulbert. “There was debris everywhere.”

Multiple power lines and tree branches were knocked down, but no homes were damaged and there were no reports of injuries to people or livestock.   

“We don’t know for sure, but we found one cow over there where she wasn’t supposed to be,” said Ruben Doorneval. “We called her Dorothy because maybe she got lifted and moved, but that’s just speculation.” 

FOX 12 meteorologists said radar showed a strong thunderstorm over that area and subsequently what appears to have been a tornado.

The National Weather Service sent a storm survey team to access the damage and confirmed that an EF-0 tornado happened near Lacomb at 1:07 p.m.

Following a second visit Wednesday, National Weather Service crews reported finding additional damage and upgraded the tornado to an EF-1. 

There were also reports of another funnel cloud near Molalla at around the same time Tuesday. 

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