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FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Weather service confirms Wednesday tornado touchdown in Berkeley Co.


The National Weather Service office in Charleston confirmed a small tornado touched down in Berkeley County early Wednesday morning.

The twister, rated an EF-0, occurred for about one minute at Carolina Nurseries, about three miles south-southwest of Moncks Corner, according to a statement from the weather service.

The tornado, which touched down at 3:27 a.m. Wednesday, was estimated to have a maximum wind speed of 70 miles per hour with a path of two-tenths of a mile, the statement said.

Forecasters say the tornado initially formed at or near Emerald Isle Drive and straight-line wind damage just south of the road included numerous broken wooden pallets which were tossed toward the northeast.

A telephone pole just north of Emerald Isle Drive was also blown over, a two-by-six piece of wood pieced the east side of a building and roofing material also was blown from a building just to the north, the statement read.

Emergency management personnel also said a 200-square-foot shed was destroyed and its roof was found 300 feet away. Multiple carts estimated to weigh 150 pounds were also found tossed away from the shed site.

Vegetation was found to reveal "a swirling, convergent damage signature" produced by tornadic circulation, the statement read.

No injuries were reported.

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