FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (1/11/08)--The Washington Credit Union League was busy trying to contact credit unions with branches in a neighborhood of Vancouver, Wash., where a rare tornado touched down early Thursday afternoon. "The Washington league is currently phoning credit unions with branches in the Hazel Dell neighborhood," David Bennett, director of public relations, told News Now Thursday night. Vancouver has 17 credit unions, some of them with more than one branch. Bennett noted there were no reported deaths, but added there was "extensive damage. At least 1,200 homes are without power." The league and the Washington Credit Union Foundation "are assessing the need and working with all affected credit unions to make sure operations are running as smoothly as possible, he said. "The league/foundation will work with local credit unions to provide support where needed." According to the National Weather Service, the southwest Washington and northwest Oregon area sees about one or two tornadoes a year, usually in sparsely populated areas (KIRO.TV.com Jan. 10). Thursday's tornado downed power lines, uprooted trees, tossed shopping carts into cars and blew people across the street, according to the local news report.