Storm damages trees, power lines in Washburn, Seligman

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Funnel cloud spotted near Wheaton continued south

Despite a tornado warning lasting 35 minutes, only trees and power lines were damaged in Washburn and Seligman Thursday evening.

According to the National Weather Service, at 4:20 p.m., video on social media and several reports showed a well-defined funnel cloud three miles east of Wheaton.

The storm continued south, and one mile southeast of Washburn, emergency management reported at 5:29 p.m. several large trees and power lines were blown down, leaving the city of Washburn with no power. At 5:45 p.m., reports indicated trees were blown down along Highway 37 between Washburn and Seligman.

Video on social media showed quarter-size hail falling in Seligman at about 6:01 p.m., and Seligman police chief Terry Burgess said he drove around the city and found a couple downed limbs, but no major damage.

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