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Powerful winds near Snohomish not a tornado

SNOHOMISH, Wash. – The National Weather Service said the wind that caused minor damage Sunday at Lake Roesiger, near Snohomish, was not a tornado.

The Weather Service said Monday it was a straight line wind, estimated at 70 to 75 miles per hour.

The wind uprooted a couple of trees and blew limbs off others. It destroyed a playhouse and tore some siding off a house.

A witness told KOMO she saw what looked like a funnel cloud, but the storm survey team didn’t find evidence of a swirling wind.

One week earlier, the Weather Service said a tornado, estimated at the smallest-sized twister, touched down briefly at Eatonville. Winds estimated at 75 mph ripped off a carport roof and knocked down a road sign.

Washington averages about two tornadoes a year.