Haley: No state of emergency declaration for Johns Island tornado damage

VIDEO: No state of emergency declaration for Johns Island tornado damage, governor says

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Gov. Nikki Haley will not declare a state of emergency for the damage a tornado left behind Friday on Johns Island.

A spokesperson from the governor's office says at least 100 uninsured homes would have to be heavily damaged or destroyed for the area to be eligible for a disaster declaration or help from the state, according to a federal law called the Stafford Act.

Officials with the St. Johns Fire Department said 10 homes were heavily damaged by the tornado, which was classified as an EF-2 with 130 mph winds. Another 70 to 80 homes suffered minor damage, NOAA estimated.

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