NWS confirms EF-1 tornado crossed Loris High School campus, damaged cars

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LORIS, SC (WBTW) – The National Weather Service reports an EF-1 tornado has caused damage to an area near Loris High School.

The NWS survey team headed to Loris High School on Monday afternoon for possible tornado damage. The team confirmed an EF-1 tornado with 90 mph wind speeds crossed the Loris High School campus this afternoon.

“A few cars were lofted and snapped trees were the main damage,” NWS reported. No injuries have been reported.

According to News13’s weather team, the NWS never issued a tornado warning for the area.

Horry County Schools spokesperson Lisa Bourcier released a statement, saying in part:

As many of you have heard, Loris High School just experienced a large wind gust that caused damage to several vehicles in our parking lot. All students and staff are safe. The Loris Fire Department is on campus to assess the situation and at this time, there are no reports of damage to our building. We never lost power during this weather event, and the school will continue to operate on a normal schedule today.  We have been told that the National Weather Service out of Wilmington is en-route, and they will be the ones to determine what type of wind event caused the vehicle damage.

News13 is at the scene. Count on us for updates as we work to learn more.

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