Start Time: 5:43 am EDT End Time: Unknown Rating: EF3 Estimated Peak Winds: 140 mph Path length: 36.9 miles Width: 770
Start Time: 5:43 am EDT
End Time: Unknown
Estimated Peak Winds: 140 mph
Path length: 36.9 miles
Width: 770 yards
County: Barnwell, Calhoun, Orangeburg
State: South Carolina
Start Lat/Lon: 33.3158 / -81.3944
End Lat/Lon: 33.624 / -80.9115
Strong, long-track tornado began just south of the town of Elko in Barnwell County, then moved in a general northeast direction through Orangeburg County, before dissipating southwest of St. Matthews in Calhoun County before reaching I-26. The tornado path length was about 37 miles, and at its widest point was just under 0.5 miles. The tornado was rated an EF-3, with peak wind speeds of 140 mph. There were 2 confirmed fatalities with at least 7 injured.
The tornado began near Orchard Road and Highway 37. Along its entire path, there was widespread tree damage. The tornado snapped 7 wood power poles near US 78 and Turkey Creek. The tornado strengthened as it approached Highway 3 and Gardenia Road, where it destroyed and tossed a wood framed home anchored to the ground, lifted a significant portion of a roof on a brick home, destroyed a fifth wheel camper, and knocked over a pivot irrigation system. The tornado then crossed Norway Road where it snapped multiple power poles. As the tornado reached Fire Tower Road west of Neeses, it intensified further, destroying 3 anchored manufactured homes on Preserver Road near Ninety Six Road It was in this area that the 2 known fatalities occurred to residents in a double-wide manufactured home. The tornado then turned more eastward, crossing Savannah Highway and Dragstrip Rd north of Livingston. There were several homes or manufactured homes that were heavily damaged or destroyed in this area. The tornado gradually weakened as it crossed North Road and dissipated as it crossed into Calhoun County.