Umatilla tornado confirmed by National Weather Service

The Umatilla Inn on State Road 19 was one of several structures damaged by a tornado on Sunday.

UMATILLA — Police Chief Adam Bolton said he knew it was a tornado that tore through his city Sunday – leaving damaged rooftops of Umatilla Inn and Umatilla Elementary School among its destruction.

But on Friday, his suspicions were confirmed.

According to a press release issued by Lake County spokeswoman Elisha Pappacoda on Friday, the National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado, with estimated peak winds from 95-100 mph, formed near East 8th Avenue in Umatilla about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, uprooting and snapping several trees in an open field.


“I knew that what it was,” Bolton said Friday.

There were no fatalities or reported injuries.

The twister hit as Hurricane Irma was making its way up Florida. According to a NWS storm survey, the twister moved toward a residential neighborhood between East 8th Avenue and East Collins Street and also peeled back the roofs from several homes.

Damage continued into North Lake Community Park where a scoreboard was toppled and three power lines were snapped.

The tornado moved across Lake Pearl and into the Olde Mill RV resort where it destroyed about ten recreational vehicles and damaged at least 25 others.

The survey added it continued west toward downtown Umatilla and damaged the roofs of the Umatilla Inn and the elementary school — then a home on Babb Road outside the city limits.