Weak tornado damages Holly Hill trees, rooftops

Published: May. 30, 2012 at 7:19 PM EDT|Updated: May. 30, 2012 at 7:42 PM EDT
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HOLLY HILL, SC (WCSC) - Beryl's storm bands brought a tornado to Holly Hill on Tuesday which ripped up trees, blew off rooftops, and left behind flood waters in Holly Hill. The damage area spanned up to two miles in length.

Eva Clare and Wayne Rush stayed close as they heard Tropical Depression Beryl bearing down outside their Holly Hill home around midnight.

"It was loud. The wind was coming through the windows, and blew the curtains. We were scared enough. We were very thankful that we knew the lord and we were depending on him to keep us safe," Rush said.

The high winds snapped trees and ripped some out of the ground. Shingles were torn from rooftops. The National Weather Service of Columbia confirms a weak tornado tore through with wind speeds topping 105 miles per hour.

"A lot of the trees were snapped off at the top. There's a cornfield back there that there is a rotational pattern in the cornfield, but the corn wasn't completely flattened," NWS meteorologist Michael Cammarata said.

At the New Galilee Christian Church, the storm took down trees, blew a window out, and left the yard a mess. It rained so hard the front lawn looked like a pond. Church members say the ditch near the church overflowed.

"This is the first time we've seen it, water all the way up from the ditch to the church. This ditch row here, we've never seen it like that. This is devastating to us," Church Elder Samuel Daily said.

"It's a little damage, but thank the Lord it's not worse because in fact there is somebody else out there that has gotten much more damage than we got," Church Deacon Charles Clark said.

NWS says the worst storm damage was off Coach Road and Unity Road area. They say there was no significant structural damage due to the storm. There were no reports of any injuries from the storm in Holly Hill.

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