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Williamsburg County Fire Chief Randy Swinton reported that a tornado touched down in the Kingstree area around 3 p.m. on Friday. 

Swinton said Highway 261 to Manning had been shut down due to damage in the area. 

According to Swinton, a number of people were trapped in cars and homes. 

Residents said it was very unexpected and are happy to be alive after seeing the damage that was done.

Army veteran Jasmine Shaw had a tree fall into her roof. 

She is thankful she was not at home when it happened. 

"I wasn't even aware that it happened, I just pulled up in the yard and I was like where are all the trees," Shaw said."I noticed the trees in the yard were broken."

She says there was water all over her belongings.

On Friday night, she moved out some of her things so they would not get damaged.

Just a couple of miles down the road Charles Burgess says he was in his pickup truck in his driveway when the weather turned bad.

"It was something, I'll tell you that," Burgess said."It got so dark so quick it was like you turn the light off and it was night time."

There are trees in front of Burgess' home as well as the tornado path in his backyard, but there was no damage to his home.

"But through it all I'm still blessed, I've got no complaints," Burgess said. 

As for Shaw, she's trying to move forward with her community's support.

"We can just stay prayed up and hope," Shaw said. "In time it will come along."

Shaw will have to stay someplace else until a contractor comes to her home to assess the damage.

She's not sure what's next for her, but she's remaining hopeful that all things will work out. 

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