AUMSVILLE, Ore. (AP) - A tornado struck the small town of Aumsville Tuesday, tearing roofs off buildings, hurling objects into vehicles and homes and uprooting trees.
No injuries were reported. There were early reports that some people had been trapped in cars.
The heaviest damage seemed to be in the central part of the town of 3,560 people 45 miles south of Portland.
"We saw a trampoline fly over a church. It was like the Wizard of Oz," said Gara Adams, who works at Neufeldt's Restaurant on Main Street in Aumsville.
MaryAnn Hills, Aumsville City Administrator, said a plumbing fixture store across the street from City Hall was severely damaged.
"There's maybe a quarter of the building left," Hills said. "Most of it ended up on the house next door."
Hills said people in her office listened as "the loudest hail I've ever heard" pounded the roof of the building. Then, a funnel cloud appeared and debris ripped from the roofs of houses began to fly toward downtown.
In a neighborhood near Main Street, dazed residents emerged less than an hour after the storm to inspect the damage to their houses and those of their neighbors. The Aumsville Fire Department warned people away from fallen power lines, and several members of the fire department threatened onlookers with jail time if they violated the order.
Justin Profitt, 22, said he was watching a movie in his bedroom when he heard a rattling noise and looked outside to see his fence had fallen.
"I was freaking out," Profitt said. "I have lived in Oregon all my life and I never thought I would actually see a tornado."
A flagpole at the city's fire station was bent in half, and a tree had fallen on the porch of a one-story home.
Joshua Farrer, 34, said he looked outside his house shortly before noon and saw a manufactured home roll three times in the severe wind. He saw an outdoor table and a trampoline fly by his house.
"When I heard it coming over the house, I thought the house was going to come down," Farrer said.
More than an hour after the storm, gray skies held over the city.
Gerald Macke, of the National Weather Service in Portland, said the tornado touched down at about 11:45 a.m, according to reports from emergency managers who spotted the funnel cloud.
Macke said the emergency managers reported seeing people trapped in cars by fallen power lines and trees knocked over.
The weather service has sent storm teams to the area, who will use GPS devices to help measure the breadth of the storm and its wind speed.
The storm didn't stretch far beyond the city's borders. At the Wooden Nickel, five miles away in Sublimity, Ore., bartender Bobbie Wolf said she didn't hear anything and only noticed that the power to her restaurant went out.
"We didn't have a tornado here," Wolf said. "There was rain and the wind blew, we lost power, but that was it."