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NWS: EF0 tornado touched down in Darlington County

Damage caused by the severe storm Sunday night. Source: Darlington County Sheriff's Office Damage caused by the severe storm Sunday night. Source: Darlington County Sheriff's Office
Source: DCSO Source: DCSO

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Officials with the National Weather Service believe an EF0 tornado touched down in certain points of Darlington County Sunday night, based on their initial survey.

The storm hit Lamar at around 6:30 p.m. with an estimated maximum wind speed of 75 miles per hour, according to the NWS.  The tornado had a maximum width of 75 yards. 

The EFO tornado damaged two chicken houses and partially destroyed another chicken house off Highway 401 near the intersection of Lynches River Road. 

The tornado crossed Highway 401, knocking down numerous trees and lifted as it crossed West Lynches River Road. A piece of sheet metal from a chicken house was found in a field off Hudson Street nearly two miles away, according to the NWS.

The storm that ripped through the state Sunday night downed trees and power lines, upended a shed, and apparently knocked a mobile home off of its foundation. The Darlington County Sheriff's Office, other agencies, and volunteers responded to various locations around the county after the damage was reported.

View a slideshow of the damage caused here.

An EF0 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita Scale is the weakest category of measured tornado, with winds of 65 to 85 miles per hour.

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