NWS: EF-0 Tornado confirmed in Florence County from Friday’s storms

Olanta Storm Damage Friday

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A team from the National Weather Service conducted a damage survey Saturday, near Olanta in western Florence County. They determined damage was associated with a weak tornado, with maximum winds of 80 MPH.

From NWS Damage survey
From NWS Damage survey

No injuries were reported. The NWS estimated the track of the storm to be 0.6 miles, and the duration of the storm to be about 2 minutes. They determined the tornado touched down around 3:00 PM Friday afternoon south of Woods Bay Road and west of Highway 31, near Olanta.

When the tornado crossed Woods Bay Road, the NWS determined the tornado lifted a roof off a large outbuilding and shed, all while uprooting several trees. The width of the tornado was estimated to be about 30 yards.

WMBF News photo of damage
WMBF News photo of damage

After causing the damage, the tornado dissipated near Douglas Swamp around 3:02 PM, according to the NWS.

The NWS damage survey team also investigated damage in Marlboro county. The team determined 2 areas where large trees were toppled as the result of thunderstorm wind damage, indicating wind speeds of over 60 MPH.

Hebron Church road about 2 miles west of Clio saw a tree down on the road at about 3:45 PM Friday afternoon. Another large tree fell on Firetower road near Blenheim around 3:50 PM.

We will continue to keep you updated on any additional damage survey reports from Friday’s severe storms.

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