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PHOTOS: EF-2 Tornado Causes Extensive Damage in Johns Island, South Carolina

By By Mark Leberfinger, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
September 29, 2015, 2:04:38 AM EDT

A confirmed EF-2 tornado caused extensive damage early Friday morning in Johns Island, near Charleston, South Carolina.

The storm was reported at roughly 12:40 a.m. EDT, with the National Weather Service forecast office in Charleston reporting that debris from the tornado was picked up on radar. Tornado warnings were issued as a result of the storm.

"The tornado was especially dangerous because it spun up quickly when it did," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said. "That can make the situation even more dangerous as people go to bed for the night and are not aware of the tornado warning that may be issued."


The tornado produced maximum estimated winds of 130 mph at the upper end of the EF-2 scale, the weather service said. It traveled about 7 miles before dissipating 17 minutes after it formed.

Extensive damage was reported on Johns Island, South Carolina, Charleston County Sheriff's Office said. The local fire department reported 10 homes suffered heavy damage. Thousands of trees were also uprooted in the area.

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No injuries were reported.

At least 9,000 SCE&G and Berkeley Electric Cooperative customers lost power as a result of the storm, the utilities reported.

The National Weather Service sent a survey team to Johns Island and West Ashley later Friday to assess the damage.

While tornadoes do occur in Charleston County, the county averaged about one tornado per year between 1994 and 2014, according to the South Carolina State Climatology Office. Eighty-one percent of all South Carolina tornadoes were of EF0 and EF1 (65-110 mph) strength between 1950-2014.




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