Washington tornado blew roof ‘100 feet in air’

Heavy weather rolled through the area on Oct. 23, 2014

Longview, Washington tornado
Longview, Washington tornado

LONGVIEW, Wash. (KOIN) — The tornado that touched down in Longview ripped the roof off Carl’s Towing and demolished a truck parked outside, but did not injure anyone.

The office manager, a woman named Debbie, told KOIN 6 News she was in the main office in the front of the building when she heard “whistling, the wind whipping up, saw out the window things were blowing around.”

She said one of her office staff went to the front door and the wind force “almost sucked her out the two glass doors. One of my drivers grabbed her,” and then everyone hid beneath the desk.

She said she’s lived here her whole life and did not expect “my roof to be out in the street.”

Debbie added the Longview police and fire departments “did a great job.”

Photos: Tornado hits Longview, Washington

Another witness, Bruce, saw it from a coffee shop and took some cell phone video.

He told KOIN 6 News he “saw pieces of things flying through the air,” and saw the roof “blown 100 feet up in the air.”

But a block away, he said, there was very little wind.

Manchester Brothers Sporting Goods store employee Joel Cummings said that he was out of the store when the tornado came through, but when he came back, the front window on the building was blown in.

Merchandise was outside and scattered everywhere, he said. The door in back was blown out, severed and thrown behind the store. Additionally, Cummings said a roof from a business across the street came through the front of their store. The store’s employees are in the process of cleaning up the mess, he said.

“It was kind of windy and I said to my husband, ‘I think that’s a tornado,’ and then the strong winds hit,” said Katelyn Delgardno of Longview Sewing.

“It was just the craziest thing I’ve ever seen,” she said.

The inside of the business is damaged from the wind, including a hole in their ceiling.

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