NWS confirms tornado in Orangeburg, Dorchester counties

Published: Jun. 5, 2013 at 11:04 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 5, 2013 at 7:38 PM EDT
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BOWMAN, S.C. (WCSC/AP) - The National Weather Service has confirmed a storm that struck in Orangeburg and Dorchester counties was a tornado.

The storm prompted a tornado warning in Orangeburg and Dorchester counties Tuesday afternoon.

The Highway Patrol says the storm knocked a tree down on Interstate 26 east near the I-95 interchange, blocking that side of the road around 3:45 p.m. The road reopened a few hours later.

Emergency officials say 100 to 105 mile-per-hour winds from the storm also knocked down dozens of other trees in Orangeburg County. A large chicken coop was damaged on a farm near Bowman.

The tornado then entered Dorchester County along Duncan Chapel Road, then crossed I-95 north of the Duncan Chapel Road bridge and continued across Pinebreak Road, Weathers Farm Road, and Hinkle Road.

NWS officials said the twister then lifted near the intersection of Highway 15 and Duncan Chapel Road.

No injuries were reported.

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