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October 23, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Tornado causes damage in Longview

The Associated Press

LONGVIEW — A tornado ripped down power lines and damaged property on Thursday in Longview, forecasters said.

Police asked residents to avoid a section of the city. Video taken by a citizen appeared to shows roof tiles being blown off a building.

“I could see the funnel cloud forming and where it touched down between the alleyway and onto the street right next to us,” the Rev. Eric Atcheson said.

He said he barely made it inside before the winds tore through an alley between two church buildings.

“There is a pre-school in the building, so I was able to make sure all our kids and teachers are safe,” he said.

The church didn’t sustain any damage but several trees were felled, he said.

Jennifer Rossetti saw debris flying past her window and says wind blew the door from a nearby office supply store.

The Longview Fire Department did not have immediate injury reports or a damage estimate.

Photos: Wild weather in Washington state

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