ST. STEPHEN, SC (WCSC) - Authorities in St. Stephen say that two homes and a church were destroyed after a tornado touched down just before 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
St. Stephen Fire Department officials say one person was in the Refuge Temple church when the tornado struck. That person was not injured.
A lot of homes were destroyed in this area, roofs ripped off several of them, but in the wake of this destruction, one house was saved and the homeowner is very thankful. The damage was scattered all over the property and in the trees, but the homeowner says the damage was minimal.
The storm bent metal along the bottom of a mobile home and took out the homes power. Shingles, branches and debris littered the yard, but the homeowner says that she and her family are just lucky to be alive.
Red Cross volunteers were called to St. Stephens to assist three families affected by tornado.
The storm and tornado warning then headed east towards Williamsburg and Georgetown County before heading out to sea. Firefighters confirmed that several roofs and structures suffered damage with downed power lines in the area. Golf ball sized hail and strong, heavy winds were reported.
The National Weather Service called the storm a dangerous and life threatening situation. A second storm system, directly behind the first, also caused concern for officials with another tornado possible.