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13aprAll DayLake Jocassee (Oconee County, SC)

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Start Time: 3:18 am EDT 

End Time:  Unknown

Rating:  EF1

Estimated Peak Winds: 105 mph

Path length: 4.03 miles

Width:  400 yards

Fatalities: 0

Injuries:  0

County:  Oconee

State:  South Carolina

Start Lat/Lon: 34.9905 / -83.0553

End Lat/Lon: 32.9995 / -82.9854


An EF1 tornado touched down just west of Highway 107 in extreme northern Oconee County. The initial damage consisted of mostly large limbs broken, but the tornado intensified as it approached Highway 130/Whitewater Falls Road. Probably hundreds of trees were snapped or uprooted in the vicinity of the Crystal Geyser plant on both sides of Highway 130. The tornado reached its maximum width at this point of around 400 yards. More tree damage was observed to the east of Highway 130 well into the wooded area south of Bad Creek Hydro. To the east toward Lake Jocassee, more trees were snapped and uprooted along Bad Creek Road. The last sighting of damage was across the cove at the upper reaches of the lake where Whitewater River (just downstream from Lower Whitewater Falls) flows into the lake. It is possible the tornado path extended farther into the Jocassee Gorges area/Sumter National Forest, as rotation was indicated on radar farther east into northwest Pickens County, but no additional tornado damage was visible from areas the survey team could access.

We appreciate the help of officials with the Crystal Geyser plant and Duke Energy’s Bad Creek Hydro Station to complete this survey.


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