Tornado touched down east of Conway Monday night, Weather Service confirms

Tornado touched down east of Conway Monday night, Weather Service confirms
Damage caused by an EF1 tornado east of Conway Monday night. (Source: Michael Walter)
Damage caused by an EF1 tornado east of Conway Monday night. (Source: Michael Walter)
Damage caused by an EF1 tornado east of Conway Monday night. (Source: Michael Walter)
Damage caused by an EF1 tornado east of Conway Monday night. (Source: Michael Walter)
Damage caused by an EF1 tornado east of Conway Monday night. (Source: Michael Walter)
Damage caused by an EF1 tornado east of Conway Monday night. (Source: Michael Walter)
Horry County GIS map showing the approximate location of the tornado damage. (Source: Horry County)
Horry County GIS map showing the approximate location of the tornado damage. (Source: Horry County)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – An EF1 tornado touched down east of Conway Monday night, causing significant damage to trees and a building, according to the National Weather Service.

"The intense noise we heard only lasted 15 to 30 seconds it didn't last very long and then it was gone," said Tommy Reaves.

Reaves has lived in the area for his entire life and had never heard anything like the tornado ripping through his yard before.

"We really didn't have time to take shelter to tell you the truth, by the time we got up and had her senses about us it was already over with," he said.

The service's storm survey team found tornado damage to dozens of trees and a building between Inman Circle and the Waccamaw River east of Conway, off Old Reaves Ferry Road.  This location is about 9 miles east of Conway.

"Based on the tree damage they're estimating 95 mph winds which makes this an EF1 tornado," an official with the NWS stated.  The tornado was only on the ground for 2 minutes with a path length of .6 miles and a path width of 75 yards.

EF1 tornadoes are the second-least severe tornado on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, with wind speeds of 86 to 110 miles per hour, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

According to the National Weather Service:

"The tornado touched down 9 miles east-northeast of Conway.  The tornado touched down near the intersection on of Old Reaves Ferry Road and Inman Circle. Damage occurred to several dozen trees in the stand of trees between Inman Circle and the Waccamaw River.  Numerous trees up to 16 inches in diameter were snapped, and many large limbs were also broken out of the tree tops.  A window was blown out of a garage located on the east side of Inman Circle, and the garage door buckled slightly.  The tornado tracked northeast and was estimated to be on the ground for less than two minutes. "

Tommy and his neighbors spent much of the day cleaning up and is thankful the damage was not worse.

"All of that can be replaced I'm just glad nobody got hurt," said Reaves.

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