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Significant Tornadoes in South Carolina 2001

*Source - Storm Data Publication published by the National Climatic Data Center and severe weather reports issued by the National Weather Service.

2001

Date County Description Length (miles) Width (yards)
1 March 29, 2001 Richland (F0) A small F0 tornado intermittently touched down along a 5 mile path in rural southeast Richland county. The initial touchdown was five miles southwest of Eastover. Trees were topped and some were taken down. 5 30
2 June 9, 2001 Union (F0) Several eyewitnesses reported a tornado touching down two miles northwest of Carlisle during a thunderstorm that was stationary for at least 15 minutes. Path of the F0 tornado was mostly through the woods. Fire department found 2 large oak trees with broken limbs. NWS storm survey team received 5 images of the tornado. The tornado was a well-defined vortex descending from an apparent small wall cloud. Radar presentation displayed a small thunderstorm, or moderate to heavy rain shower, with only a 30,000 foot top. <1 20
3 June 12, 2001 Hampton (F0) As the remnants of Tropical Storm Allison moved across the southeastern states, numerous funnel clouds developed with several of them actually touching down for brief periods of time. None of them produced any major damage. In most cases, there were trees snapped off about 15 to 20 feet above the ground.One touched down briefly one mile northeast of Early Branch. 1 30
4 June 12, 2001 Colleton (F0) As the remnants of Tropical Storm Allison moved across the southeastern states, numerous funnel clouds developed with several of them actually touching down for brief periods of time. None produced any major damage. In most cases, there were trees snapped off about 15 to 20 feet above the ground. One touched down five miles south of Walterboro. 2 40
5 June 12, 2001 Hampton (F1) Courthouse damaged and several trees snapped off 15 to 20 feet above the ground. As the remnants of Tropical Storm Allison moved across the southeastern states. 6 75
6 June 12, 2001 Bamberg (F0) A small tornado took down some trees and powerlines in Ehrhardt. <1 30
7 June 12, 2001 Beaufort (F0) As the remnants of Tropical Storm Allison moved across the southeastern states, numerous funnel clouds developed with several of them actually touching down for brief periods of time. None produced any major damage. A tornado touched down near Gardens Corner and tracked northeast. 1 40
8 June 12, 2001 Beaufort (F0) As the remnants of Tropical Storm Allison moved across the southeastern states, numerous funnel clouds developed with several of them actually touching down for brief periods of time. None produced any major damage. A tornado touched down six miles northeast of Bluffton and tracked northeast. 1 40
9 June 12, 2001 Beaufort (F0) As the remnants of Tropical Storm Allison moved across the southeastern states, numerous funnel clouds developed with several of them actually touching down for brief periods of time. None produced any major damage. A tornado touched down near Parris Island and tracked east-southeast. 1 40
10 June 12, 2001 Beaufort (F0) As the remnants of Tropical Storm Allison moved across the southeastern states, numerous funnel clouds developed with several of them actually touching down for brief periods of time. None produced any major damage. A tornado touched down two miles northeast of Beaufort Gardens and tracked northeast. 1 30
11 June 12, 2001 Charleston (F0) As the remnants of Tropical Storm Allison moved across the southeastern states, numerous funnel clouds developed with several of them actually touching down for brief periods of time. None produced any major damage. A tornado touched down near Edisto Island and tracked northeast 1 30
12 June 13, 2001 Richland (F0) Military Police reported a tornado touchdown near the golf course that took down several trees. <1 40
13 July 6, 2001 Horry (F1) A tornado initially touched down five miles southwest of North Myrtle Beach. The tornado crossed US Hwy 17 just south of SC Hwy 22 (Conway Bypass) damaging signs and power poles near the Chesapeake House Restaurant. Property damage: $800,000. <1 100
14 July 6, 2001 Horry (F2) As a weak cold front moved south into an afternoon sea breeze boundary, slow-moving thunderstorms developed along the Horry county coast. An F0 tornado briefly touched down at 9th Ave N near the Myrtle Beach Pavilion, and soon after a waterspout formed just off the beach near 3rd Ave N. It slightly damaged the 2nd Ave N pier and then moved over the beach as it developed more strongly, causing F2 damage - overturned buses and extensive damage to vehicles and hotels along the beach to about 4nd Ave S. Moving off the beach again, the waterspout continued south about 100 yards from the shore until it came ashore between 28th Ave S and Springmaid Pier...causing a 66 knot gust over water at the Springmaid Pier anemometer. As it moved through the Seagate RV park, it did F1 damage - destroyed 10 RVs and damaged 40 more. Weakening further, the tornado crossed US Hwy Business 17 onto Myrtle Beach International Airport, doing F0 damage to trees and structures. 39 injuries. Property damage: $8 million. 4 150

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