CHARLETON, S.C. (WCBD) – UPDATE April 16, 2020: On Thursday, the National Weather Service (NWS) revealed details about additional tornadoes that hit the Lowcountry during Monday’s severe weather event.
NWS confirmed that an EF-1 tornado with max winds of 105 mph touched down on Seabrook Island in Charleston County. The tornado’s path was 120 yards wide and 1.25 miles long. Dozens of trees and structures sustained damage. As of now, no injuries or fatalities are associated with this tornado, but the NWS says that is subject to change.
Kiawah Island experienced an EF-1 tornado, with max winds at 105 mph. The tornado was 60 yards wide and 0.3 miles long. NWS reports damage to several large trees, but no structural damage, injuries, or fatalities as of now.
ORIGINAL April 25, 2020:
The National Weather Service (NWS) has been out surveying and collecting data on the damage caused by Monday’s severe weather. On Wednesday, they confirmed and provided details on five additional tornadoes that hit the Lowcountry.
An “unusually long track” EF-3 tornado hit Hampton County, with maximum winds speeds estimated to be 165 mph. The path was about 0.75 miles wide and 24.04 miles long, stretching from southwest of Estill to near Colleton County. NWS reports that the most extensive damage was in the areas near Estill and Nixville. At least six homes were completely destroyed and countless others were damaged. Five fatalities are associated with this tornado.
An EF-1 tornado with 90 mph winds hit Southwest Colleton County. The path was 50 yards wide and 1.45 miles long. No structural damage was reported.
In West Walterboro, an EF-1 tornado with 105 mph winds caused extensive tree damage and overturned a tractor trailer on the I-95. The path was 100 yards wide and 3.16 miles long.
Walterboro was hit with another EF-1 tornado, with max winds slightly higher at 110 mph. The path of this tornado was slightly larger at 500 yards wide and 8.1 miles long. The tornado caused extensive tree damage and structural damage throughout the area, including at the Lowcountry Regional Airport. One person was killed and one person was injured after a large tree fell on their home.
Berkeley County was hit by an EF-2 tornado with 120 mph max winds. The tornado’s path was 500 yards wide and 3.21 miles long. The Fairlawn subdivision in Moncks Corner was the point of origin. The tornado caused significant damage to many homes and trees, and injured six people.
In previous days, NWS reported the following tornadoes:
- One EF-2 tornado, which caused extensive damage to trees and structures in Edisto.
- Two EF-1 tornadoes in Georgetown County, which caused damage to structures and trees.