BOISE--A violent wind storm moved through the Boisearea Friday. The storm producedat least one funnel cloud,uprooted trees, damaged homes, and knocked out power in some communities.
Several eyewitnesses capturedthe funnel cloud on digital cameras and cell phone video as it moved through Boise around 3 p.m., when the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for parts of Ada, Elmore and Boise counties. The warning expired about one hour later.
Trained weather spotters initially reported that the funnel cloud became a tornado when it touched down atArrowrockReservoir, 20 miles east of Boise. Butthe NationalWeather Servicebacked away from that report later,saying the funnel cloudcame close to the ground but could not confirm touchdown.
The storm, which includedmultiple lightning strikes,moved southeast through the Treasure Valley at 35 mph.
KTVB viewers sent their visual evidence of the funnel cloud toour newsroom through FirstPerson on KTVB.COM.
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Numerous reportsof storm damage,power outages
A KTVB viewer in Garden City told us that treestoppled in theareaof Glenwood and Riverside.Another woman told us that a carport in Boise was completely blown away during the storm and landed in her neighbor's yard. Surprise Valley and Columbia Village were twohard-hit areas.
Ada County Sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Dearden says law enforcementreceived numerous reports of downed trees and power lines.In one instance, a tree fell on a car with several people inside, but fortunately no one was hurt.
The stormmoved away fromthe Boise areaFriday evening, but Ada County dispatcherswerekept busy as residents surveyedthe damage and called for help.
About 1,700 homes in south Boisewere without electricity, according to Idaho Power. Crewswere working to restore power in the area of Victory and Hubbard. Therewere also several smaller outages including ones reported in Wilderness Ranch and Idaho City. An official saysa lot of these outages were caused by trees falling on power lines.