South Carolina

Officials confirm 5 tornadoes Sunday in SC

A downed tree in the Turners Pointe neighborhood on the western side of Lake Murray
A downed tree in the Turners Pointe neighborhood on the western side of Lake Murray

The National Weather Service has confirmed that at least five tornadoes touched down in South Carolina Sunday as a swell of severe weather stretched across the state.

An EF-1 tornado touched down on the south side of Lake Murray and then again on the north shore of Ballentine. Damage include numerous trees that were toppled on Turner’s Point Circle and a pontoon boat that was overturned.

An EF-1 twister also touched down along Sunny Plain Road near I-26 in Calhoun County, an EF-2 hit the Aiken County south of the city of Aiken and an EF0 stuck near Lamar in Darlington County. EF-1 tornadoes are categorized by having wind speeds of 86 to 110 miles per hour.

The Calhoun County tornado combined with areas of straight-line winds and caused damage to homes and uprooted several trees along Sunny Plain Road and Ott Sisters Road. One single-wide mobile home was destroyed, and two occupants suffered injuries that weren’t life-threatening but were serious enough to warrant a trip to the hospital, according to the weather service.

The Aiken County twister’s wind speeds were estimated at 115 mph, with the most significant damage was located in Woodside Plantation and Aiken Estates. Several toppled trees damaged homes.

The Darlington County tornado struck along East Lynches River Road near Lamar, with winds in the 65-85 mph range, according to the weather service. It uprooted several trees and caused minor property damage, including leveling chicken barns.

A tornado in Edgefield also was confirmed Monday. It touched down 3.5 miles east of Edgefield, damaging some trees in a 50-yard wide path.