NWS survey team studies Johns Island tornado damage

26 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Charleston tornado: How often do twisters hit South Carolina?.

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A tornado quickly blew through a neighborhood on the South Carolina coast early Friday and blew out windows, knocked down trees and heavily damaged ten homes. In that community, John Bercik awoke to heavy rain and jumped from his bed as “it started to howl like a train.” By the time he made it out of his bedroom door, the rest of the house was gone — walls blown in, roof missing and the floor spun and moved off the piers the home sat on. The most recent major tornado event occurred in 2004, when a string of 47 twisters injured 13 people and wrought $2.77 million damages across the state.

Meteorologists issued a tornado warning several minutes before the storm, and radar returns indicated a tornado in the area, blowing debris up to 20,000 feet high into the air. South Carolina Electric & Gas reported that by daybreak only 85 customers were without power and the company expected to have restored all outages by midmorning. While local reports of the incident say that the damage was a result of a tornado, the National Weather Service has not confirmed whether or not the storm was a tornado.

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