EF-2 Tornado Caused Significant Damage in Western South Carolina

April 28, 2020

The National Weather Service said Sunday that a tornado touched down Saturday night in northwestern South Carolina.

The EF-2 tornado at Greenville reached its “peak intensity” of 115 mph (185 kph). It created significant damage in Greenville County, with trees falling across roads and onto cars and power lines.

Storms prompted tornado warnings Saturday night in several South Carolina counties.

There were some reports of funnel clouds in Oconee and Pickens counties, as well as hail.

The storm follows other extreme weather in the state earlier this month. An April 13 tornado killed five people in Hampton County and has been upgraded to an EF-4 twister with winds estimated at 175 mph (280 kph). That was the strongest tornado to hit the state since 1995.

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