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Did tornado touch down Wednesday in western York County? Weather service says no

Although York County endured a fast-moving storm Wednesday, it was no tornado, officials said Thursday.

Reports came in to county officials about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday that a tornado touched down near Sharon in western York County, but a survey by National Weather Service officials Thursday found there was not a touchdown of a tornado, said Chuck Haynes, York County emergency management director.

A reported tornado touch down in southwestern Mecklenburg County, just across the North Carolina border from Fort Mill, Tega Cay and Lake Wylie in York County, was verified as a category 1 tornado. At least one building was damaged and a truck was blown over in Charlotte’s Steele Creek area.

York, Chester and Lancaster counties were hit by the storm system that brought heavy rain and wind, and knocked down some trees and limbs in western York County.

Police and emergency officials did not report any injuries.

York County has had autumn tornadoes that have been deadly. A tornado that ripped through York County south of Rock Hill in November 2011 left four people dead and damaged more than a dozen homes.

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