05mayAll DayGreat Falls (Chester/Lancaster Counties, SC)


Start Time: 6:45 pm EDT

End Time:  Unknown

Rating:  EF2

Estimated Peak Winds:  115 mph

Path length: 14.24 miles

Width: 200 yards

Fatalities: 0

Injuries:  0

County: Chester, Lancaster

State:  South Carolina

Start Lat/Lon: 34.5925 / -81.0262

End Lat/Lon: 34.5246 / -80.7958

National Weather Service Storm Survey Teams from the offices in Greenville-Spartanburg and Columbia, SC have confirmed a tornado began in southeastern Chester County and dissipated in southwestern Lancaster County. The tornado produced winds up to 115 mph, which is an EF-2. The path length was just over 14 miles and path width was approximately 200 yards at its widest point. 

The tornado began west of Great Falls in Chester County, near Old Catholic Church Road. The tornado then moved east, crossed Interstate 77, and produced damage across Mountain Gap Road, Ross Dye Road and Georgetown Road, before turning southeast toward the town of Great Falls. The tornado crossed Highway 21 and produced damage in areas including Walnut Street, Hampton Street, Duke Street, and Republic Street. Estimated winds were up to 105 mph in Chester County, based on large trees being uprooted or snapped.  In addition, a house on Republic Street was destroyed when a tree fell on it.

The tornado strengthened as it crossed the Catawba River and entered southwestern Lancaster County. The tornado moved southeast, producing significant tree damage, with numerous large hardwood and softwood trees uprooted or snapped. The most significant damage occurred between Green Road and Cedar Creek Road near Mount Carmel Road, where estimated winds were up to 115 mph. A tree also fell on a vehicle on Cedar Creek Road. The tornado then crossed Cunningham Quarters Road, before dissipating near Mable Anthony Road. 

This supercell thunderstorm also produced large hail up to Golf Ball size in Chester and Lancaster Counties, and later up to Tennis Ball size in Bethune in northern Kershaw County.


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