NWS Confirms Walterboro Tornado During Recent Storms

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By HEATHER RUPPE

Storms and tornadoes that swept through the Lowcountry for three days from Tuesday April 5 through Thursday April 7 created high winds and some minor property damage in Colleton County.

Official reports from the National Weather Service (NWS) have since assessed the damage.

According to the NWS, the tornado that passed through Colleton on Thursday April 7 was an EF-0, with peak winds of 75 mph.

“There were a few structures with minor roof damage, such as missing shingles, and a fence was destroyed at Sandy Springs Circle,” Colleton County Fire Chief Barry McRoy said.

McRoy adds that no injuries were reported in Colleton County related to the weather or the tornado.

According to the NWS, the tornado that moved through Colleton County on April 6 actually touched down at 10:59 p.m. It started on Alison Lane and left a 1,016 mile path.

It reached peak winds of 75 mph.

“A weak tornado started just west of Alison Lane where it broke and uprooted some trees,” the NWS said in its official summary report. “It then moved east through Sandy Springs Circle. At its endpoint just east of Sandy Springs Circle, it snapped and uprooted more trees and destroyed a fence.

The storms created more severe damage in neighboring Allendale County and Bryan County in Georgia.

According to McRoy, the string of storms prompted the NWS to issue three tornado warnings for Colleton County on Tuesday, with weather radar indicating tornado activity in Smoaks, Ashton and Bennetts Point/Edisto Island. “No reports of injuries or structural damage were received on Tuesday,” he said. “There were seven reports of downed trees and power lines and two road closures, which were quickly cleared by SCDOT. There were only 100 reported power outages,” McRoy said.


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