Multiple tornadoes, including an EF-2, confirmed so far in the Midlands from Friday’s storms

Multiple tornadoes, including an EF-2, confirmed so far in the Midlands from Friday’s storms
I-26 eastbound at the 150-mile marker, Orangeburg County

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The National Weather Service in Columbia says its survey team has confirmed multiple tornadoes touched down in the Midlands on Friday.

The NWS says there are four confirmed tornadoes in the Midlands from the storms on April 19 - two in Orangeburg County and two in Newberry County.

One of the tornadoes in Orangeburg, just south of Rowesville, was rated an EF-2; the other, from east of Orangeburg into Calhoun County just west of Cameron was rated an EF-1. Both tornadoes in Newberry County were rated at an EF-1.

“[On Saturday, April 20], the National Weather Service sent two survey teams out to asses the damage that occurred from the storms yesterday," NWS Meteorologist John Quagliariello said. "So far, we’ve already confirmed several tornados throughout the Midlands and will continue our assessment work throughout our day today and potentially into the early part of the week.”

“One thing we are finding with these tornados are there have been numerous trees that have been snapped or uprooted,” Quagliariello said. "Several of them landing on homes, in some cases damaging and a couple of those cases actually destroying those homes unfortunately.”

NWS says crews would be surveying sites in Orangeburg, Lee, Sumter, Clarendon, Calhoun and Newberry counties on Saturday.

“We’re trying to find out if it’s straight line winds or damage that occurred when we look at the way the damage happened,” Quagliariello said.

The storms caused a collection of damage across the state on Friday, and prior to that, caused damage and flash flooding in Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. The storms rolled on through North Carolina and Virginia as well.

A part of this storm caused a tree to fall on a mobile home in Sumter, injuring a child. According to officials in Sumter, the child is in “stable, but still in critical condition” as of Saturday afternoon.

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