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Significant Tornadoes in South Carolina 2004

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

2004

Date County Description Length (miles) Width (yards)
1 June 12, 2004 Allendale (F1) Numerous trees snapped or uprooted. Initial tornado touch down was one mile west of Seigling. 3 150
2 June 15, 2004 Beaufort (F0) A tornado touched down briefly in the Pinckney National Wildlife Refuge four miles southwest of Parris Island causing little damage. <1 50
3 June 25, 2004 Anderson (F0) This weak tornado affected locations near highway 187 and Peninsula Dr. A number of trees were uprooted, snapped off, or otherwise damaged. Initial touch down waseight miles west-southwest of Anderson. 4 50
4 June 25, 2004 Anderson (F0) This weak tornado touched down three miles southeast of Anderson and caused minor damage to a couple of sheds and a barn. Several pine trees were blown down or shreaded. Property damage: $2000. 1 25
5 August 12, 2004 Horry (F0) There were several reports from the public of a tornado one mile southwest of Conway near Lake Busbee. 1 25
6 August 12, 2004 Marlboro (F0) A tornado touched down near the intersection of Hwy 79 and Hwy 38 five miles north of Bennettsville. The tornado moved northeast, with F0 damage to trees. The tornado dissipated about one mile south of Goodwins Millpond. 2 25
7 August 12, 2004 Charleston (F1) A tornado moved through the Isle of Palms' Wild Dunes private community causing widespread damage. An estimated 250 trees were blown down, several of which fell on cars. Also, windows were blown out of cars. About 25 homes received minor roof and siding damage and a half dozen homes received moderate damage. An estimated 300 pound swing set was thrown about 15 feet. The remnants of Tropical Storm Bonnie caused the tornado and several incidents of straight line wind damage. 3 100
8 August 12, 2004 Fairfield (F1) A tornado touched down two miles west of Longtown and ran along SC secondary hwy 3 and did minor damage to several homes and mobile homes. Several out buildings were destroyed and many trees and powerlines were down. Property damage: $300,000. 2 440
9 August 12, 2004 Chesterfield (F1) A tornado touched down near Teal Mill Pond six miles southeast of Chesterfield and continued to the Technical College just west of Cheraw. Several homes and mobile had moderate damage. One mobile home was severely damaged. Several business near Cheraw had minor to moderate damage. Several out buildings were destroyed along with a couple of camper trailers. A power substation also sustained moderate damage causing power outages in the area. Numerous trees and powerlines were down. Property damage: $800.000. 6 440
10 August 14, 2004 Berkeley (F0) A weak tornado associated with the circulation from Hurricane Charley snapped trees along a 3 mile intermittent path through the Francis Marion National Forest. The tornado touched down initially six miles east-southeastof Shulerville then moved into northern Charleston county before dissipating. 3 50
11 August 29, 2004 Marlboro (F1) A tornado four miles of northeast of Wallace downed trees and destroyed a wooden fence. There was roof and siding damage to many homes. Property damage: $10,000. 1 300
12 September 6, 2004 Beaufort (F1) A picket fenced was knocked down. Part of the fence went through the door of a house. The roof of a house was partially lifted and then set back down. This caused some interior damage to the home. 1 75
13 September 6, 2004 Jasper (F1) A tornado knocked down limbs and trees, one of which fell on a mobile home causing 1 injury. The initial touch down was four miles southeast of Hardeeville. Hurricane Frances made land fall over the Florida Panhandle and continued to track in a generally northward direction into Georgia, before turning more to the northeast. This track placed the Charleston County Warning Area in the favorable right side of the remnants of Frances which produced numerous tornadoes and areas of straight line wind damage over southeast Georgia and south coastal South Carolina. 2 100
14 September 6, 2004 Jasper (F0) A tornado crossed into Jasper County from Chatham County Georgia. The tornado tracked through a marshy area 13 miles south-southwest of Hardeeville. No significant damage reported. 1 100
15 September 6, 2004 Colleton (F0) A tornado triggered by the remnants of Hurricane Francis knocked down trees. 1 40
16 September 7, 2004 Marlboro (F1) Tornado riggered by the remnants of Hurricane Francis snapped or uprooted numerous trees and damaged several homes. The tornado touched down initially four miles south-southeast of Clio. Property damage: $250,000.
17 September 7, 2004 Marlboro (F1) A tornado demolished a strapped down mobile home one mile southwest of McColl. Property damage: $60,000. <1 50
18 September 7, 2004 Darlington (F1) Tornado snapped several trees and damaged a mobile home seven miles north-northeast of Darlington. Property damage: $8000. <1 30
19 September 7, 2004 Calhoun (F0) A NWS survey team along with SCDOT, found trees down across US601 seven miles northeast of St Matthews. 1 100
20 September 7, 2004 Jasper (F0) A tornado spawned by the remnants of Hurricane Frances knocked down trees five miles northeast of Hardeeville. 1 50
21 September 7, 2004 Hampton, Allendale (F0) A Hurricane Frances related tornado knocked down trees in the county before crossing into Allendale county where it uprooted and snapped off trees. The iniital tornado touch down was five miles northeast of Brunson. 5 100
22 September 7, 2004 Chesterfield (F0) A tornado took down trees along hwy 52 north of Society Hill 13 miles east-southeast of Patrick as the tornado dissipated. 1 150
23 September 7, 2004 Dorchester (F0) A small tornado knocked down trees and large limbs eight miles southeast of Harleyville. 1 40
24 September 7, 2004 Fairfield (F0) An tornado intermittently touched down and took down trees from Jenkinsville to the Greenbrier Community six miles west-northwest of Winnsboro. 16 400
25 September 7, 2004 Bamberg (F0) Emergency manager reported trees and powerlines down starting one mile east of Ehrhardt. 1 100
26 September 7, 2004 Richland (F2) NWS survey found 3 mobile homes destroyed, several others damaged along with a couple of businesses. Three people were injured. Numerous trees and powerlines down. The tornado path extended from two miles southeast of Gadsden to one mile northwest of Gadsden. Property damage: $100,000. 3 440
27 September 7, 2004 Allendale (F0) A tornado knocked down and snapped off numerous trees starting two miles northwest of Allendale. 2 40
28 September 7, 2004 Richland (F1) Ft. Jackson reported 22 homes with light to moderate damage from an F1 tornado. Property damage: $300,000. 1 200
29 September 7, 2004 Allendale (F0) A tornado knocked down and snapped off numerous trees four miles northwest of Seigling. 1 40
30 September 7, 2004 Florence, Darlington (F0) Tornado damaged a billboard and several trees next to a Petro truck stop four miles northeast of Florence. The tornado continued into Darlington county and endedseven miles east-southest of Darlington. Property damage: $2000. <1 30
31 September 7, 2004 Richland (F0) A weak tornado took down trees one mile southeast of Columbia on Bluff road and Blackberry road. 1 100
32 September 7, 2004 Barnwell (F0) A weak tornado took down trees and powerlines and damaged some signs in Barnwell. 1 100
33 September 7, 2004 Dillon (F0) A tornado flattened and old barn and part of the roof of a shed was torn off. A few trees were snapped...one damaging a roof of a home. The initial touchdown was six miles east of Dillon. Property damage: $100,000. 1 30
34 September 7, 2004 Aiken (F0) A tornado took down some trees along hwys 39 and 391 five miles southeast of Monetta. 1 100
35 September 7, 2004 Sumter Emergency manager reported 55 homes damaged, 9 destroyed, and 3 injuries. Property damage: $1.7 million. 4 500
36 September 7, 2004 Anderson (F0) This tornado touched down two miles northeast of Sandy Springs, then moved northwest, uprooting several trees along its path. An aluminum cattle shelter was also destroyed. Property damage: $2000. 1 50
37 September 7, 2004 Jasper (F1) A tornado knocked down trees starting two miles east of Gillisonvile. Many trees were snapped off and thrown in different directions. . 4 75
38 September 7, 2004 Chester (F0) This brief tornado blew down several trees and damaged or destroyed 2 small trailers shortly after touching down ten miles southeast of Chester. It then moved north and lifted a portion of the roof from a well-constructed home. The garage wall was blown inward about 1 foot at this same location. A carport next to the home was also destroyed. Several trees were blown down and a small trailer destroyed at a hunting club before the tornado lifted. Property damage: $100,000. 1 50
39 September 7, 2004 Chesterfield (F2) A tornado destroyed 2 mobile homes and did moderate to severe damage to several others eight miles east and northeast of McBee. Numerous trees and powerlines were down. There were five injuries reported. 7 440
40 September 7, 2004 Lee (F1) A strong tornado took down huge trees and powerlines, and also did moderate damage to several homes and a cotton gin mill starting three miles south of Manville. 4 440
41 September 7, 2004 Marlboro (F0) A tornado damaged a steel conveyor belt track at a sand and gravel mine four miles southwest of Bennettsville. Several trees were snapped, and the roof of a front porch of a church was lifted off. Property damage: $15,000. 1 25
42 September 7, 2004 Allendale (F0) A tornado snapped and bent trees in various directions tem miles south of Martin. 1 40
43 September 7, 2004 Lee (F0) Storm Chaser reported an F0 did minor damage to a mobile home and took down some trees and powerlines two miles southwest of Bishopville. 1 100
44 September 7, 2004 Kershaw (F0) Intermittent touchdown of an F0 took down trees and powerlines in and around Antioch,five miles east-southeast of Camden, with minor damage to some mobile homes . 3 400
45 September 7, 2004 Allendale (F0) A tornado snapped trees and bent others in various directions four miles northeast of Millett. 1 50
46 September 7, 2004 Kershaw (F1) An F1 tornado did moderate damage to several homes and mobile homes. A turkey farm also had light damage. The damge trail started two miles southeast of Cassatt. 5 440
47 September 7, 2004 Clarendon (F0) Survey found an F0 path a half mile long which took down trees two miles southwest of Paxville <1 100
48 September 7, 2004 Calhoun (F0) Highway Department reported a tornado took down trees and powerlines along SC 453, six miles southwest of St Matthews. 1 100
49 September 7, 2004 Sumter (F1) Shaw AFB reported many homes with light damage and a few with moderate damage as an F1 touched down between the runways and moved across the base. Many trees and powerlines were also down. The tornado lifted three miles north of the base. 3 400
50 September 7, 2004 Lancaster (F1) A strong tornado did moderate to severe damage to buildings on a turkey farm. Several mobile and structural homes were also damaged along the path that started by Rich Hill Crossroads. 2 300
51 September 7, 2004 Clarendon (F0) Survey found an F0 path a half mile long which took down trees two miles southwest of Paxville <1 100
52 September 7, 2004 Kershaw (F3) A tornado demolished several mobile homes and severely damaged cinder block horse stables at a horse farm. A large horse trailer was lifted up and placed on top of the stable. Several outbuildings were destroyed and numerous trees and powerlines were down. One injury was reported 7 880
53 September 7, 2004 York (F1) This tornado touched down on the northeast side of Tega Cay eight miles north of Rock Hill and tracked due north into North Carolina. Damage was mainly limited to trees, but a few of these fell on homes and automobiles. Property damage: $5000. 1 100
54 September 7, 2004 Union (F1) This tornado touched down six miles east of the city of Union, then tracked north-northwest, blowing down and uprooting numerous trees, and rolling one mobile home. Other structural damage was limited to shingles and gutters. Property damage: $50,000. 4 225
55 September 7, 2004 Darlington (F0) A tornado snapped trees, some of which fell onto several homes and damaged roofs two miles southwest of Darlington. Property damage: $75,000. 1 50
56 September 7, 2004 Chesterfield (F1) An tornado intermittently touched down seven miles south-southeast of Cheraw and did minor damage to several homes, businesses, and an elementary school.. Numerous trees and powerlines were down. The tornado lifted one mile north-northwest of Cheraw. 8 440
57 September 7, 2004 Orangeburg (F0) A brief tornado took down some trees along Cannon Bridge road five miles southeast of Cope. 1 100
58 September 7, 2004 Darlington (F0) Tornado snapped several trees, and caused damage to a roof of a home one mile south of Society Hill. Property damage: $10,000. 1 50
59 September 16, 2004 Aiken (F0) Sheriff and Emergency manager reported trees down along the path of an F0 tornado that intermittently touched down four miles north of Aiken and ended six mile t the north. Trees were down from I-20 just south of US1 to 3 miles South of Ridge Spring on SC511 which is Pitts Branch road. 6 75
60 September 16, 2004 Saluda (F1) Storm survey found numerous trees and powerlines down, light to moderate damage to several mobile homes, a 2 story barn destroyed, 2 trees on cars, and light to moderate roof damage to several framed homes. The tornado initially touched down five miles north-northeast of Saluda. 6 400
61 September 16, 2004 Laurens (F0) This brief, weak tornado blew down a few trees 13 miles southeast of Laurens. 1 20
62 September 16, 2004 Anderson (F0) This brief tornado touched down four miles south-southeast of Townville damaged trees in the Double Springs community. <1 15
63 September 16, 2004 Oconee (F0) This tornado blew down numerous trees and power lines along its track that started 13 miles southeast of Walhalla. 5 50
64 September 16, 2004 Anderson (F0) This tornado touched down very briefly in an open field three miles west of Iva.. <1 10
65 September 16, 2004 Oconee (F1) This tornado blew down numerous trees and power lines along its track, some of which fell on homes. The initial touch down was near Westminster and ended four miles north-northwest of Westminster. A mobile home was destroyed when it was blown into an embankment. Property damage: $75,000. 5 50
66 September 16, 2004 Lee (F0) A tornado touched down in Bishopville then again in the Lucknow area. Trees and powerlines were down with minor damage to a couple of homes. 6 80
67 September 27, 2004 Marion (F1) A tornado damaged two homes, and downed trees, powerlines, and sheds three miles northeast of Pee Dee. Propert damage: $25,000. 2 30
68 September 27, 2004 Chesterfield (F0) A tornado touched down four miles south of Chesterfield, took down trees, severely damage some wood framed outbuildings and did minor damage to a couple of mobile homes before lifting one mile southwest of Chesterfield. 3 120
69 September 27, 2004 Dillon (F0) A tornado downed trees along Interstate 95 two miles east of Oak Grove. <1 25
70 September 27, 2004 Marlboro (F0) A tornado touched down in a parking lot in Blenheim with no damage. <1 25
71 September 27, 2004 Saluda (F0) A tornado briefly touched down eight miles northwest of Saluda along Old Chappells road and took down several down trees. 2 80
72 September 27, 2004 Newberry (F1) Roof torn off home with 4 other homes damaged. Several outbuildings destroyed. Damage was on SC34, US 176, and Big Pine road.The iniital tornado touch down was eight miles east-northeast of Newberry. 3 220
73 September 27, 2004 Lexington (F0) A tornado touched down 10 miles west-northwest on Devils Backbone taking down trees and just missing several homes. 1 80
74 September 27, 2004 Newberry (F0) A tornado touched down on Jalapa road and Indian Creek road one mile north of Jalapa taking down trees and doing minor damage to a couple of mobile homes. The tornado lifted three miles north-northwest of Jalapa 3 100
75 September 27, 2004 Hampton (F0) A weak tornado knocked down several trees four miles northeast of Early Branch. 1 40
76 September 27, 2004 Berkeley (F0) A weak tornado damaged 2 mobile homes and a shed one mile west of Pineville. One mobile home had the entire roof torn off and the second had skirting torn off. Numerous trees and limbs were knocked down. 1 150
77 September 27, 2004 Fairfield (F2) A tornado destroyed 5 mobile homes, did moderate to severe damage to 2 framed homes and injured 13 people three miles north-northwest of Ridgeway. One 57 year old male was killed. Two vehicles were moved 20 to 30 yards. 2 220
78 September 27, 2004 Cherokee (F1) This tornado destroyed a mobile home and blew down numerous trees and power lines two miles south of Gaffney. Property damage: $88,000. 1 50
79 September 27, 2004 Clarendon (F1) A tornado destroyed 2 mobile homes and damaged several others. Light to moderate damage occurred to the elementary school and its busses. Severe damage occurred to large open air outbuildings at a mill across the street from the school. The tornado touched down initially three miles west of Alcolu and lifted near Alcolu. 3 400
80 September 27, 2004 Florence (F1) A tornado destroyed a barn and snapped trees two miles east of Lake City. A house sustained minor damage. Property damage: $20,000. <1 30
81 September 27, 2004 Georgetown (F1) A tornado snapped telephone poles, uprooted trees, and moved a mobile home off its foundation. The tornado also destroyed several sheds and outbuildings five miles northwest of Carvers Bay. Property damage: $30,000. 2 30
82 September 27, 2004 Aiken (F0) A tornado did moderate damage to a barn, camper, and roof of a home nine miles northeast of Aiken. 3 100
83 November 24, 2004 Union (F0) Storm survey found apparent tornado touchdown evidence two miles northwest of Santuck with some light wind damage extending to the southeast from around Carlisle to the Chester line. 1 50
84 November 24, 2004 Aiken (F0) Trained spotter did a site survey and reported an F0 touched down and uprooted trees at a horse farm on Cooke Bridge road, 10 miles northeast of Aiken. 1 80
85 December 4, 2004 Orangeburg (F3) Damage survey found an F3 tornado had demolished a brick church, completely destroyed 2 mobile homes and several outbuildings. The main damage occurred on Coulter road. The initial touchdown was six miles north-northeast of Orangeburg. One person was injured. 2 80
86 December 10, 2004 Calhoun (F2) Damage survey found an F2 tornado tore most of the concrete roof off a warehouse and damaged several vehicles and other outbuildings. The initial touchdown was two miles south St Matthews. One person was injured. 1 60
87 December 10, 2004 Sumter (F0) The Emergency Manager reported a tornado briefly touched down on a farm and damaged several outbuildings nine miles south of Sumter. <1 40

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