CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – The National Weather Service confirms an EF-1 tornado touched down in Conway, damaging multiple structures.
The tornado touched down at about 4:20 p.m. with wind speeds of 100 mph. EF-1 tornadoes are classified as 86 mph up to 110 mph.
Significant damage was done to a home on Oak Street, between 4 Mile Road and Cultra Road, the NWS reported
The tornado formed on the west side of Oak Street and moved north across Oak Street where a home sustained significant damage. It also caused minor damage to an adjacent home and a storage building, according to the NWS. An old barn was also damaged heavily.
The NWS said the tornado was about 30 yards wide and was on the ground for 0.3 mile. One person reported injuries.
Virginia Tyler’s home was severely damaged after high-speed winds appeared to strengthen, moving in her direction, warning of the damage that was to come.
“I said oh my goodness, I’ve never seen the wind blow that fast,” Tyler said.
Tyler was sitting in the front room of her home moments before the potential tornado grabbed ahold of her roof, shattered windows, and threw several objects outside her home.
“It started hitting the house hard like gravel hitting against the side of the house, Tyler said.
Tyler said a quick reaction got her out alive. She said she bolted from the room moments before the ceiling collapsed on the chair she was sitting in.
“I am alive, thanks to the Good Lord. He gave me the speed to get out of there, and I think everything is going to be fine.”
Virginia Tyler says she was the only one home and made it out safely. Horry County Fire Rescue crews here rescue Tyler’s dog.
Horry County Fire Rescue said one person suffered minor injuries and was treated on scene.
News13’s Lauren Crawford took these pictures of storm damage. Our crew said these are from Oak Street near Conway in between Nursey Road and Tower Drive.
This video was posted to Facebook by Brian Jernigan. He said it took place near Oak Street in Conway.
At 4:34 p.m., #HCFR crews responded to a possible tornado in the area of Oak Street in Conway, in which multiple structures were damaged. This was an isolated weather event.— Horry SC Fire Rescue (@hcfirerescue) October 11, 2020
One person suffered minor injuries and was treated on scene. HCFR crews also helped rescue resident pets. pic.twitter.com/1T5Awcpbuu