National Weather Service confirms EF-1 Tornado near St. Stephen

Cedar Swamp area of Williamsburg County. (Source: Amanda Turner Phillips)
Cedar Swamp area of Williamsburg County. (Source: Amanda Turner Phillips)

ST. STEPHEN, SC (WCSC) - The National Weather Service of Charleston has completed their survey of Saturday's tornado damage near St. Stephen.

Tornados are measured by the Enhanced Fujita Scale, ranging from EF-0 to EF-5. Saturday's tornado was measured as an high end EF-1, according to the National Weather Service.

The tornado developed over northern Lake Moultrie and traveled east northeast for about two miles before coming onshore, about two and a half miles southwest of Russellville. The tornado then traveled east northeast before dissipating about one mile to the southeast of St. Stephen.

Meteorologists estimate the tornado touched down at 5:03 p.m. and stayed on the ground until 5:14 p.m. The estimated maximum wind speed was 105 to 110 miles per hour. The max width was 120 yards and the path was eight miles long.

The tornado lifted a roof of the Refuge Church of St. Stephen, destroyed a mobile home as well as shifted two other mobile homes off their foundations. Other damage includes destroying a barn, torn singles and siding off about half a dozen homes. An estimated 100 trees were also uprooted or snapped off.

Thankfully, no injuries or fatalities were reported.

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