- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

ANDERSON ISLAND, Wash. (AP) - The National Weather Service issued an emergency tornado warning for Pierce County, though a tornado did not develop.

The News Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1xEnA55 ) the warning was issued shortly after noon on Saturday after a funnel-shaped cloud touched down near Anderson Island. However, the funnel dissipated before it hit land.

According to the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management, no damage was reported. The warning expired at 12:30 p.m.

The funnel cloud did bring a heavy outburst of rain to portions of the county.

Tornado warnings are rare in this region: officials said Western Washington hadn’t seen a tornado warning for more than 17 years.

The Weather Service issued the warning after two trained weather spotters reported seeing the funnel cloud in Puget Sound.

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