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Significant Tornadoes in South Carolina 2010

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

2010

Date County Description Length (miles) Width (yards)
1 March 28, 2010 McCormick and Edgefield (EF1) Several supercell thunderstorms moved through the CSRA and Midlands and spawned several tornadoes. Many homes were damaged in Lexington county with several others in Edgefield county. Numerous trees were also taken down. An EF1 tornado took down many trees along its path from the Sumter National Forest to just southwest of Edgefield. 1.26 110
2 March 28, 2010 Edgefield Many homes were damaged in Lexington county with several others in Edgefield county. Numerous trees were also taken down. An EF2 tornado touched down on hwy 230 near Stevens Creek and took down numerous trees and powerlines. Two homes had moderate damage and a mobile home had half of its roof torn off. A motor home was also crushed from a tree falling on it. 2.39 440
3 March 28, 2010 Lexington (EF2) Many homes were damaged in Lexington county with several others in Edgefield county. Numerous trees were also taken down. An EF2 with max winds of 125mph touched down near Ridge Road and continued northeast to Lake Murray. Around 40 homes had some form of damage with numerous trees and powerlines down. Several vehicles were also damaged and there was one minor injury. One horse was killed when a portion of a barn collapsed. 5 440
4 March 28, 2010 Fairfield (EF0) DOT reported trees down from Landis Road to Jackson Creek Road from a tornado. 2 60
5 April 8, 2010 Oconee (EF0) A strong cold front crossed the region during the evening hours, triggering severe thunderstorms and a couple non-supercell tornadoes. A short tornado track was surveyed in the Fair Play community. The tornado touched down along highway 59 between Cleveland Creek Rd and Doctors Rd. Part of the roof was blown off a manufactured home at this location, and numerous trees were snapped off or uprooted. The tornado continued in a northeast direction toward the Pine Grove Rd area, where damage to trees continued near the intersection of Grant Rd. The tornado appeared to dissipate in this area. 0.7 30
6 April 8, 2010 Anderson (EF1) A strong cold front crossed the region during the evening hours, triggering severe thunderstorms and a couple non-supercell tornadoes. A tornado damage path began in the Harper Rd area of Pendleton. A large detached garage had its windward-facing doors blown in. This caused a large cargo door on the back side of the garage to blow out. Several horse stables on Harper Rd had metal roofs partially peeled back or blown off. Numerous trees were snapped off in this area, with a few large trees uprooted. The tornado continued northeast to Liberty Highway, just south of the Cherry St extension. The metal roofing was partially torn off a barn at this location, and several outbuildings were damaged or blown away. A large, well-constructed home received minor eaves damage. The tornado turned in a more east northeasterly direction at this point, dissipating shortly after crossing Liberty Highway. 2 75
7 April 8, 2010 Beaufort (EF0) A strong cold front moved through southern South Carolina resulting in scattered showers and thunderstorms across the area. The National Weather Service in Charleston, South Carolina, in conjunction with Beaufort county Emergency Management, confirmed a small EF-0 tornado touched down at 1111 pm on April 8, 2010, two miles west of Bluffton and traveled northeast approximately 0.15 miles before dissipating. The tornado snapped off the tops of a few pine trees, a few of which landed on and damaged vehicles, tore off some aluminum flashing from homes, knocked down several fences, destroyed a shed and damaged a swing set. Maximum winds were estimated near 75 mph and the maximum path width was around 20 yards wide. 0.15 20
8 April 25, 2010 Darlington (EF2) A thunderstorm developed along a surface boundary during the evening. The thunderstorm developed supercell characteristics soon after moving into Darlington County and spawned several tornadoes over its lifetime. A National Weather Service Storm Survey Team confirmed an EF2 tornado with winds estimated to 130 mph. The tornado first touched down in a stand of pine trees, snapping approximately 30 of them several feet off the ground. The largest of the snapped trees was 12 inches in diameter. The tornado then moved east into a cluster of homes and mobile homes along East 7 Pines Street. One mobile home was blown 20 yards off its frame and was completely destroyed. The debris was blown into another single wide mobile home which was subsequently destroyed. A large pecan tree was uprooted before the tornado lifted off the ground. The damage was rated EF1 with winds to 100 mph. The second touchdown occurred a few hundred yards to the east. The tornado moved over a stand of trees and descended practically on top of a two story single family residence located on East 7 Pines Street. This dwelling was blown off its foundation and flipped over onto two automobiles and in the process was completely destroyed. Three people were in the home at the time. They took shelter in an interior hallway moments before the tornado struck. They were transported to the hospital, treated for minor injuries and released. A Ford Ranger Pickup was lifted and dropped approximately 50 yards away. A horse trailer was lifted and dropped 100 yards away. A large wood framed workshop and horse barn were also destroyed. The tornado moved east approximately two tenths of a mile and damaged or uprooted several trees as it lifted. The damage was rated EF2 with winds to 130 mph. 0.63 50
9 April 25, 2010 Darlington (EF2) A National Weather Service Storm Survey Team confirmed an EF2 tornado with winds estimated to 115 mph. The tornado first touched down near Syracuse Street and Rogers Road. An unanchored double-wide mobile home was rolled off its foundation and onto its side. Several trees along Syracuse Street were uprooted or snapped or had large branches broken off. Several homes suffered minor to moderate shingle damage, largely as a result of fallen trees or branches. The damage was rated EF1 with winds to 90 mph. After briefly lifting, the tornado touched down as it approached Highway 401 and caused major damage to a large steel building. Two bay doors were blown in and a large portion of the roof was lifted and blown off. Sheet metal from the roof was strewn for about 200 yards. A small wooden garage and building were destroyed before the tornado lifted near Highway 401. The damage was rated EF1 with winds to 100 mph. The tornado touched down one last time between Lightly Street and Southern Pine Street. Numerous hardwood trees were uprooted or snapped. A few of these trees, with diameters up to 24 inches, were snapped a few feet from the ground. There was significant damage to some residential homes, primarily the result of falling trees or branches. The tornado continued across Highway 52 business where several businesses and structures sustained minor to moderate damage. A set of car wash bays were blown over and a church lost many shingles and a small portion of its roof. The tornado then continued east of Highway 52 business through a residential neighborhood. Several large trees up to 20 inches in diameter were uprooted. A large section of roof was blown off a home. Cain Elementary School suffered significant damage. Many awnings at the school were damaged or destroyed and one building lost half its roof. Shortly after causing the roof damage to Cain Elementary, the tornado caused more tree damage as it lifted through the treetops. As these trees or their branches fell, several residences sustained minor to moderate damage to include some roof shingle damage. The damage was rated EF2 with winds to 115 mph. 3 75
10 April 25, 2010 (EF1) A thunderstorm developed along a surface boundary during the evening. The thunderstorm developed supercell characteristics soon after moving into Darlington County and spawned several tornadoes over its lifetime. A National Weather Service Storm Survey Team confirmed an EF1 tornado with winds up to 100 mph. A tornado briefly touched down along South Charleston Road. The tornado uprooted or snapped about a dozen hardwood trees, some as large as 18 inches in diameter. 0.06 50
11 May 3, 2010 Abbeville (EF0) A band of widespread rain moved across Upstate South Carolina ahead of a cold front. A few convective elements developed within the convective line. One of these produced a non-Supercell tornado over the southern part of the Upstate. On radar, the storm exhibited a fairly classic Broken-S tornado signature, which is sometimes associated with tornadoes in the region. The tornado touched down just east of highway 20 and moved east-northeast along Kay Rd. A camper was moved 10 feet into a storage building and minor roof damage occurred to a home. Part of the tin roof was peeled off a barn. Quite a few trees were snapped off and uprooted as well. 1.1 75
12 May 3, 2010 Fairfield (EF1) An isolated storm produced an EF1 tornado in northwest Fairfield county. Many trees were taken down and minor damage was done to a home. NWS storm survey followed up on reports of trees down from the utility company and postal carriers. Many trees were down along the path and minor damage was done to a home and out-buildings at 1517 Clowney road. The tornado peaked about a quarter of a mile west of the home as an EF1. 4.22 200
13 May 17, 2010 Fairfield (EF0) A few strong storms that also produced locally heavy rain developed ahead of an approaching cold front. Public reported a weak EF0 tornado in rural Fairfield County. 0.41 50
14 June 11, 2010 Lee and Sumter (EF0) Scattered thunderstorms in the Midlands produced wind damage and some large hail. NWS and EM found tornado damage to trees and powerlines as a weak EF0 intermittently touched down along its path. 2.76 60
15 June 12, 2010 Lancaster (EF0) Multicellular thunderstorms produced many microbursts and a few tornadoes across central and north central South Carolina. Many trees were taken down and about two dozen homes had minor damage. NWS and Emergency Management found around two dozen homes with minor damage and numerous trees down along Camp Creek Road. 1.89 220
16 June 12, 2010 Lancaster (EF0) NWS and Emergency Mangement found many trees down around the Industrial Park area. No damage occurred to structures. 1.93 600
17 June 12, 2010 Sumter (EF1) NWS and Emergency Manger found numerous trees down and minor to moderate damage to about a dozen homes. Many homes sustained damage from trees being deposited on them. 2.6 440
18 August 6, 2010 Orangeburg (EF0) Scattered severe thunderstorms produced some wind damage around the county warning area. Heavy rains if Fairfield county also sent some streams over their banks causing minor flooding of low lying areas. Storm survey by spotters from the Branchville Fire Dept. found a weak EF0 tornado intermittently touched down taking tops out of a few trees near the intersections of Prospect and School House roads and near the intersection of Banburry and School House roads. Trees were also uprooted on School House road between Prospect and Banburry roads and a couple of other trees were down on Hwy 78 southeast of Branchville near the county line. 6.19 40
19 October 26, 2010 Oconee (EF0) Scattered supercell thunderstorms developed over the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia as strong wind shear and moderate instability overspread the region ahead of a strong cold front. A number of tornadoes were spawned by the storms. Only weak tornadoes affected the Upstate, though two strong tornadoes occurred in the western piedmont and foothills of North Carolina. A short tornado path was surveyed in the Sumter National Forest in the area around Spy Rock Rd and Forest Service Rd 748. Several trees were snapped off or uprooted in this area. 1 150
20 October 26, 2010 Oconee (EF0) Only weak tornadoes affected the Upstate, though two strong tornadoes occurred in the western piedmont and foothills of North Carolina. A short tornado damage path was surveyed near the Falcon's Lair area north of Walhalla. Several trees were snapped or uprooted and one residence sustained minor damage. 0.46 200
21 October 26, 2010 Greenville (EF0) Only weak tornadoes affected the Upstate, though two strong tornadoes occurred in the western piedmont and foothills of North Carolina. This tornado touched down near highway 11 near the Pleasant Ridge County Park, where the tops of numerous small trees were snapped off and several large trees were uprooted. The intermittent damage path continued east northeast, crossing highway 25 just north of the highway 11 junction. Damage again appeared near the intersection of Chinquapin Rd and highway 11, where the tops of several trees were snapped off along a ridge line. The most significant damage was observed just east/northeast of this location along Look Up Lodge Rd. Numerous small trees and large limbs were snapped off and several large trees were uprooted. Some minor structural damage was observed due to falling trees and limbs. Some boat docks were flipped on Chinquapin Lake as well. Sporadic tree damage continued to the east northeast, with the tornado apparently lifting between Chestnut Mountain Rd and Old Highway 11. 4.73 40
22 November 30, 2010 Pickens (EF1) A strong cold front crossed the western Carolinas during the evening hours. The combination of strong wind shear and weak instability contributed to the development of a broken line of thunderstorms, a couple of which produced QLCS (non-supercell) tornadoes over the Upstate. A tornado damage path was surveyed starting in the Old Market Square area near downtown Easley. Numerous buildings in the downtown area received minor to significant roof damage. Some trees fell on homes as well. The tornado appeared to lift briefly as it traveled north northeast from the downtown area. However, the damage path appeared again in the Lenhardt Rd area just north of downtown. An anchored mobile home was rolled 60 to 80 feet and completely destroyed at this location. Numerous trees were also uprooted or snapped in this area. 2.66 125
23 November 30, 2010 Laurens (EF1) This tornado touched down along Wynfield Court north of Gray Court and moved along an intermittent path in a north northeast direction. Some trees were snapped and an outbuilding overturned near the beginning of the damage path. The tornado skipped to Robert Harris Ct, tearing the underskirting off a mobile home. Damage intensified toward Bramlett Church Rd, where a mobile home was moved from its foundation and had some siding and underskirting removed. Some shingles were torn off homes on Harris Bridge Rd, while the roofs of a well house and storage shed were blown off as well. The tornado lifted near Christmastree Lane, where several large oak trees were uprooted, one of which fell on and damaged a home. Also, a detached garage was completely destroyed at this location. 2 200

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