UPDATE: 11:30 a.m. 9/26/2020 — The National Weather Service in Wilmington storm survey crew confirmed an EF0 tornado touched down near Myrtle Beach on Friday afternoon.

The tornado had winds of 75mph on the beach line between 74th Ave N. and 73rd Ave. N.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A confirmed tornado touched down in Myrtle Beach Friday afternoon.

The tornado touched down around the Ocean Forest and Long Bay area. The area was not under a tornado warning.

The National Weather Service – Wilmington said on Twitter that there was no warning issued because sometimes brief tornadoes can happen between radar scans. Brief tornadoes often happen with tropical remnants.

This tornado was part of the remnants of Tropical Storm Beta.

“People saw it in front of me, they started running off the beach,” said Landon Beard, a lifeguard in the area. “I turn around and it’s on the shore picking up our boxes about a hundred feet out of the air. Everybody including me just ran straight off the beach. It didn’t do too much damage, just damaged our equipment, took some of the chairs from the hotels. Nobody’s hurt, everyone’s ok, but pretty scary.”

There are no confirmed reports of widespread damage in the area. We are working to get more information from the National Weather Service.

Social media reports began coming in around 3:24 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The tornado can be seen in several viewer videos sent to News13.

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