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13aprAll DayBlackville (Barnwell County, SC)

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Start Time: 5:49 am EDT 

End Time:  Unknown

Rating:  EF3

Estimated Peak Winds: 140 mph

Path length: 1.38 miles

Width: 40 yards

Fatalities: 0

Injuries:  0

County:  Barnwell

State:  South Carolina

Start Lat/Lon: 33.3177 / -81.2903

End Lat/Lon: 33.3369 / -81.2833


A tornado started just south of Blackville, SC east of Whitehall Drive near Toby Creek. The tornado damaged several chicken houses by causing the walls to collapse in a few places. The tornado then moved northeast crossing a large empty field, before intensifying as it approached a fiberglass coating facility near Lake Cynthia Road. The tornado collapsed a large segment of a 75 ft tall, 150 ft x 150 ft warehouse, with large steel support beams twisted. 30 cylindrical containers weighing up to 20- 25 thousand pounds each lifted out of their u-shaped saddles and rolled throughout the facility. There was evidence of very minimal tree damage east of Blackville but not enough damage to suggest the tornado track continued that far north. As a result, the tornado likely lifted prior to reaching Highway 3. The tornado path length was just under 1.5 miles and had a width of about 40 yards. The tornado was rated EF-3, with peak winds of 140 mph.


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