National Weather Service confirms three tornadoes touched down in Georgetown County

National Weather Service confirms three tornadoes touched down in Georgetown County
Damage from Monday morning's storm can be seen along Highway 17 near Georgetown County. (Source: WMBF News)

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – The National Weather Service confirmed at least three tornadoes touched down Monday morning in Georgetown County.

Survey crews with the National Weather Service found EF1 damage in the Sampit area of Georgetown County. The tornado hit around 8:13 a.m. and was 40 yards wide and tracked for 4.8 miles on the ground. Winds were estimated at 90 mph.

According to NWS, the tornado formed near Sampit, just south of Saints-Delight Road. Survey crews said it crossed Powell Road near Anna Drive and caused damage to power lines and trees. They said the tornado moved across a swampy area just south of Sampit and crossed Highway 17 Alt/Highway 521, which caused damage to an auto repair shop, a small doublewide office and two railroad gates. The tornado then moved across the Sollie Road area and caused damaged to trees and a few mobile homes, according to the NWS. Crews said it finally lifted after crossing a field between Sollie Circle and Goings Street.

NWS reports an EF1 tornado hit near Sampit on Monday morning
NWS reports an EF1 tornado hit near Sampit on Monday morning (Source: WMBF Weather)

The NWS also announced an EF1 tornado hit in Graves around 8:15 a.m. with wind speeds up to 100 mph. The twister was 50 yards wide and traveled about 11 miles.

Survey crews said the tornado formed near Pennyroyal Road just south of Rowan Drive. The tornado crossed Pennyroyal Road and caused damage to some trees. Powerlines were also brought down at the location. Crews said the tornado moved across the swampy area near the Sampit River and lifted toward the northeast. They said the twister moved across Highway 17 Alt/Highway 521 near Keever Street. The tornado caused damage near Garrison Road where multiple trees were snapped and uprooted. Crews said a home suffered some damage and it destroyed a carport and damaged a couple of cars. A mobile home was also damaged near Gapway Road. The tornado finally lifted near Brown’s Ferry Road and Dana Lane where it down branches and some trees.

NWS reports an EF1 tornado hit near Graves Monday morning.
NWS reports an EF1 tornado hit near Graves Monday morning. (Source: WMBF Weather)

They also said an EF0 tornado touched down in Litchfield Beach but then eventually became an EF2 waterspout when it moved offshore.

Survey crews found damage on Lakeshore and Trace drives. The tornado hit around 8:36 a.m. and was 50 yards wide and tracked almost five miles. Winds were estimated between 65 to 85 mph. A wind gust of 114 mph was measured in Murrells Inlet as this storm moved offshore.

The NWS said the tornado primarily remained an EF0/EF1 tornado as it moved across portions of Litchfield Beach near Boyle Drive and Cayman Loop where it caused several large tree limbs to crash down. Survey crews said the tornado picked up some strength as it moved near Lakeshore Drive and it crossed near Trace Drive. There were numerous large trees uprooted in the woods. The tornado lifted into Huntington State Park and caused minor damage to some trees near the parking area and some shingle damage to the castle building. Crews believe the tornado likely moved along the beach of the state park before moving offshore and passed near the Murrells Inlet meteorological station where it recorded an EF2 waterspout.

NWS reports that an EF0 tornado started in Litchfield Beach and made its way onto Huntington Beach State Park where it became an EF2 waterspout
NWS reports that an EF0 tornado started in Litchfield Beach and made its way onto Huntington Beach State Park where it became an EF2 waterspout (Source: WMBF News)

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