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Significant Tornadoes in South Carolina 2014

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

2014

Date County Description Length (miles) Width (yards)
1 May 31, 2014 Charleston (EF0)

Showers and thunderstorms developed beginning in the morning hours along a weak lingering front and moved southward through the day. With the lingering front and relaxed pressure gradient in the area, the environment was supportive of waterspouts along the southeast South Carolina coast.

A weak and brief tornado moved onto the south-central part of Kiawah Island, possibly starting as a waterspout. The tornado traveled west about a tenth of a mile before dissipating. Beach chairs and umbrellas were thrown but there were no apparent injuries or structural damage. Winds were estimated to range from 55 to 65 mph. Video of the event was recorded by the public and relayed to the National Weather Service by local television media. The event took place on the beach area nearly right in front of The Sanctuary Hotel and Resort.

0.11 30
2 June 6, 2014 Bamberg (EF0)

Severe thunderstorms produced damaging winds and large hail. Most of the wind damage was mainly trees and powerlines down.

One small EF0 tornado touched down just southeast of Bamberg snapping off trees.
An EF0 Snapped off trees about 50 yards into the woods off of Turkey Cut Road southeast of Bamberg. Other scattered trees and large branches were down along and east of hwy 362...mainly on other rural roads.

0.83 40
3 June 9, 2014 Orangeburg (EF0)

The region was under a mid/upper level northwest flow as the main ridge axis was to our west. At the surface, there was a stalled frontal boundary aligning west to east across the central Midlands. The atmosphere became moderately unstable with some indices in the strong category. The K Index and Cape were in the strong category. The wind field was relatively weak, but there was some mid level dry air that may enhance thunderstorm downdrafts leading to strong damaging winds. PW values were around 1.75 inches. This combined with slow storm movement could potentially produce locally heavy rain and localized flooding.

An EF0 Tornado snapped off a few trees and uprooted a couple of trees along a path from near Ditch Bank Road southeast across Old School House Road then across Ebenezer Road to near Fiesta Court. The estimated wind speeds ranged from 75 to 85 mph.

1.87 75
4 June 23, 2014 Beaufort (EF0)

The combination of the a very unstable atmosphere, the presence of a weak surface trough and the passing of a Mesoscale Convective Vortex (MCV) produced numerous showers and thunderstorms. A line of stationary thunderstorms produced between 3-6 inches of rain across the Tri-county area, which resulted in flash flooding.

A waterspout developed and remained nearly stationary over the river near Waterfront Park.

0.01 50
5 September 7, 2014 Orangeburg (EF0)

Heavy rains over Richland County produced flash flooding in Columbia. Water levels rose up to 4 feet in some areas.

NWS storm survey found an EF0 tornado touched down 3 times producing crop damage and taking 2/3 of the roof off of a mobile home. Other damage was done to yard items around the home.

0.43 30
6 October 14, 2014 Oconee (EF0)

Widespread rain, along with multiple embedded lines of showers and low-topped thunderstorms developed across the Upstate throughout the 14th within a highly sheared, weakly unstable air mass. A couple of brief, weak tornadoes occurred across the foothills, while some isolated wind damage was also reported.

NWS Storm Survey team found the short path of a weak tornado on the grounds of a wilderness school off of Highway 76 near Westminster. Damage was confined to a couple of dozen uprooted trees in this rural area.

0.89 100
7 October 14, 2014 Greenville (EF0)

Widespread rain, along with multiple embedded lines of showers and low-topped thunderstorms developed across the Upstate throughout the 14th within a highly sheared, weakly unstable air mass. A couple of brief, weak tornadoes occurred across the foothills, while some isolated wind damage was also reported.

NWS Storm Survey team found the short path of a weak tornado near Gowensville. The tornado touched down near the intersection of Highway 11 and Tugaloo Rd and moved quickly northeast, blowing down numerous trees and blowing the roof off a shed on Good Rd, where the tornado lifted.

1.0 50

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