13aprAll DayHilda (Barnwell County, SC)


Start Time: 5:50 am EDT 

End Time:  Unknown

Rating:  EF3

Estimated Peak Winds: 145 mph

Path length: 5.45 miles

Width: 800 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries: 0

County:  Barnwell

State:  South Carolina

Start Lat/Lon: 33.2071 / -81.2742

End Lat/Lon:  33.2715 / -81.2223

A tornado touched down in far southeast Barnwell moving northeastward toward the Bamberg county line southeast of the town of Hilda, briefly intensifying to a strong tornado along Hartzog Road. The tornado length was 5.5 miles and had a width of 800 yards at its widest point. The tornado was rated EF-3, with peak winds of 145 mph. 

The tornado began just north of Hwy 64 at Green Branch Road near Indigo Road. The tornado moved northeast across Hercules Creek and caused significant tree damage at a residence on Friendship Road.  Several oak and pine trees were uprooted and snapped.  A cinderblock garage had its metal roofing peeled off and the wind stress shifted the cinderblocks about half way up the wall. Along its northeastward path, there was continued tree damage but the tornado strengthened rapidly as it crossed Hartzog Road just south of November Road. A well built bolted down metal building structure and tin tractor shed was completely destroyed. Further north along Hartzog Road, a residence had part of its roof lifted off and behind the residence, a two story wood frame building was shifted off its foundation and destroyed and an unanchored log cabin was destroyed. As the tornado moved northeast toward Huckleberry Bay Road there were multiple hardwood trees snapped near the base of the trees. The tornado began to weaken as it crossed Old Salem Road continuing to damage trees along its path before dissipating just north of Huttos Chapel Road.


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