Tornado may have touched down in Midlands, meteorologists say

Tornado may have touched down in Midlands, meteorologists say
Storm damage on Zephyr Street in Irmo. (Source: WIS)

LEXINGTON, SC (WCSC) - The National Weather Service is investigating whether a tornado may have touched down in the Midlands Sunday.

Meteorologists say a possible tornado touched down from Lexington to Irmo Sunday afternoon.

But the confirmation of whether it was an actual tornado will come Monday when teams are able to look at the damage on the ground.

"They will look at the pattern of the damage to determine whether it was a real tornado or just strong winds," Meteorologist Stephanie Sine said.

The Lowcountry, meanwhile, managed to dodge the worst of the weather.

"The worst weather was northwest of us, the area they're investigating," Sine said.

Dry air over the Lowcountry helped the storm system to weaken briefly, but by the time it was able to intensify and dump heavy rains, the squall line couldn't produce enough rotation to create a significant risk of tornadoes in the Lowcountry, she said.

The line of storms did cause minor damage across the Lowcountry and knocked out power to as many as 4,500 earlier in the day.

A tornado watch for the Tri-County area had been set to expire at 7 p.m., was extended until 9 p.m., but then canceled shortly before 8 p.m.

The only Lowcountry county under a tornado watch until 11 p.m. was Williamsburg County.

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