Yes, neighbors near Clover, you were right about Sunday's storm. A tornado with winds that reached 85 MPH did touch down Sunday afternoon in York County. Weather officials confirmed it Tuesday.
The storm Sunday that battered northern York County and damaged 10 homes was a tornado that was on the ground for two minutes near S.C. 55 and S.C. 49, the National Weather Service said.
The tornado was what is called an EF-0 on the tornado scale of measurement. That tornado strength is the lowest on the scale, said weather officials and Chuck Haynes, York County Emergency Management Director.
The tornado hit ground first on Mountain View Road, uprooting mature trees, weather officials said. The tornado then barreled through the Timberlake neighborhood in Lake Wylie, weather officials said, causing roof, siding and fence damage.
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The determination was made after a team of meteorologists and weather officials toured the site and assessed the damage Tuesday.
No one was injured.
Jack Howland of the neighborhood said he saw the circular motion of the storm and, like many neighbors, he believed it was a tornado.
"The damage and the way the sky looked, me and my neighbors all believed right from the beginning it was a tornado," Howland said. "I'm not surprised. We all saw it and felt and watched it."
Al Vesting said he thought "the whole house was gonna go" when the tornado ripped through.
The damage was all to private homes and property, said Chuck Haynes, York County Emergency Management Director. The damage was not severe enough for any state or federal disaster assistance or emergency declaration, Haynes said.
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