Catholic Sentinel photos by Gerry Lewin
A worker cleans up at a destroyed plumbing shop in Aumsville.
Catholic Sentinel photos by Gerry Lewin
A worker cleans up at a destroyed plumbing shop in Aumsville.
A tornado that crashed through Aumsville at midday Tuesday did not damage St. Mary Church, located on the north side of the small town.

But hail, rain and wind did heavily pelt St. Mary's, which is about a quarter mile from where the twister touched down.

"Before it hit, it was like night, just black," says Kathy McNulty, administrative assistant at the church.

Thunder and alarm sirens split the air during the funnel-cloud storm, an unusual occurence in western Oregon. St. Mary's lost power, but had it back within a few hours.

No one is yet reported hurt in the town of 3,300.

A plumbing shop was destroyed, houses were damaged and a Weslyan church was reported damaged.

City Hall and the police offices also sustained hits. The wind uprooted trees and knocked down power lines, knocking out power for about 5,700 customers. Some streets are impassable.