Cleanup continues from Darlington tornado

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Seven Pines in Darlington County
Seven Pines in Darlington County
Seven Pines in Darlington County
Seven Pines in Darlington County
Hardest hit area in Darlington
Hardest hit area in Darlington

Darlington County, SC - DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - It's been a week since a devastating tornado struck Darlington county and people are still in the process of cleaning up debris. The storm struck during the early evening hours of April 25 and caused millions of dollars worth of damages.

"Most all they found were photographs and stuff  and they saved a lot of those, everything else was just demolished" said Harold Hall of Darlington County. Hall's relatives lost their home and farm equipment in the storm.

Linwood Epps, spokesman for the Darlington County EMD, said with only a few homes left to assess for damage, the total damage estimate sits at $7,073,830.

  • Insured: $5,300,279
  • Uninsured: $593,900
  • Debris removal: $1,179,651

Officials with the South Carolina Insurance News Service say fewer than 100 claims were filed in Darlington and most were for wind damage. The amount of uninsured damages does not qualify the area for federal aid.

"The community effort, the volunteer effort, you just don't believe it until you see it" said Johnny Melton, who lost his house in the tornado. Melton said he's received dozens of donations from both friends and strangers.

The National Weather Service released its final analysis of the EF-2 tornado last week, which caused major damage to homes, buildings and schools in its path.

The report, released just 12 hours after National Weather Service teams were dispatched to the area to analyze damage, revealed the Darlington twister packed winds of 130 mph and was on the ground for approximately 17 miles.

Officials said the tornado touched down on East Seven Pines Street at 7:40 p.m., four miles east of Oats. According to damage accounts, the twister lifted and touched down on five different occasions.

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