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13aprAll DaySeneca (Oconee/Pickens Counties, SC)

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Start Time: 3:20 am EDT 

End Time:  Unknown

Rating:  EF3

Estimated Peak Winds: 160 mph

Path length: 16.66 miles

Width: 900 yards

Fatalities:  1

Injuries: 0

County:  Oconee, Pickens

State:  South Carolina

Start Lat/Lon:  34.6175 / -83.0834

End Lat/Lon:  34.7329 / -82.8263


A large and significant tornado passed through parts of Oconee and Pickens Counties early Monday morning, beginning south of Westminster, and ending north of Clemson. Maximum structural damage to houses and a large warehouse in the area indicate peak winds near 160 MPH, for a strong EF3 rating. Damage exists over a wide swath, and the width of the tornado was at least a half mile. There is one known fatality, numerous injuries, and 2 people still  missing at the time of this statement.


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