National Weather Service confirms two tornadoes in Florence County Thursday


FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — The National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes touched down in Florence County during Thursday’s storms.

The National Weather Service said an EF0 tornado with 85mph winds touched down between Twin Bridge Road and Twin Church Road in the Sardis community.

The National Weather Service said the tornado was on the ground from approximately 2:45 p.m. to 2:49 p.m. The path width was 25 yards and it traveled five miles.

The tornado touched down in a field north of Sardis Highway, east of Dogwood Road. It caused some damage to a single wide and double wide along Twin Bridge Road and crossed S. Hill Road until it caused tree damage at E. Twin Church Road.

According to the National Weather Service, the tornado then paralleled Young Road and crossed I-95 near Honda Way, where it dissipated.

The National Weather Service said one person was injured by this tornado while he was cleaning debris from a mobile home.

The National Weather Service confirmed a second EF0 tornado was on the ground between 3:21 p.m. to 3:24 p.m. The second tornado touched down in the woods just south of Diamond Head Loop in southeast Florence County and traveled north-northeast creating scattered tree damage, according to the National Weather Service.

The tornado then flipped a metal carport adjacent to Old River Road before lifting. No one was injured in this tornado.

The National Weather Service said the second tornado had wind speeds of 75mph and was on the ground for 2.25 miles. It was 20 yards wide.

The full reports are preliminary and subject to change pending final review.

Severe weather rolled through the area Thursday causing damage and flooding throughout the region.

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