After a wave of unusually high temperatures, a predicted thunderstorm blew through the western part of Oregon late Thursday afternoon. What was unpredicted was the severity of the storm and the damage it would cause in a matter of hours. As the skies suddenly darkened, rain began to pour and lightening crashed to the earth, splitting trees and even striking a 14-year-old boy that went outside to witness the storm.
Winds were clocked at as fast as 60 mph in some parts of state as residents were warned to stay indoors. Many funnel clouds were spotted and residents of the small town of Newberg swear a tornado made an uninvited visit to their neighborhood, prompting a visit from curious agents from the National Weather Service.
Parts of the Oregon capital, Salem, were underwater as the intense rainfall prompted flashfloods to rush the city. The water was so high in some parts of the city that it covered cars stalled by the flood. Homes and businesses were affected by the flooding and are now cleaning-up as a result of the water damage.
Oregon, being a naturally wet and rainy state, will have to focus on mold control during the flood clean-up. A Salem church affected by the flood waters called in flood restoration specialists that brought in water vacuums and special fans to help dry-out the building.