Tornado stirs memories of deadly 1972 storm

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Thursday's tornado in Vancouver is stirring memories of a deadly storm there in 1972.

A powerful tornado struck the area on April 5, 1972.

Six people were killed and some 300 were injured, including about 70 children from the Peter S. Ogden Elementary School, which was demolished.

That storm caused upward from $3 million in damage.

Steve Todd, Chief Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Portland, said southwest Washington and northwest Oregon see only one or two tornadoes a year, most often in sparsely populated areas.

But, he said, Pacific Northwest tornadoes tend to be considerably weaker than those in the Midwest.

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