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13aprAll DayWalterboro (Colleton County, SC) #3

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Start Time: 6:47 am EDT 

End Time:  Unknown

Rating:  EF1

Estimated Peak Winds: 110 mph

Path length: 17.4 miles

Width: 500 yards

Fatalities:  1

Injuries:  1

County:  Colleton

State:  South Carolina

Start Lat/Lon: 32.8791 / -80.7305

End Lat/Lon: 32.9784 / -80.456


The tornado formed near Route 63 about a mile east of the West Walterboro tornado. This tornado grew in size as it tracked through Walterboro and then tracked northeastward through the Low Country Regional Airport and then further northeast with a preliminary length of about 8 miles. Further investigation needs to be done to determine if the path continued farther to the northeast and if so how far. This tornado produced extensive tree damage along the path across northwestern portions of Walterboro with many hundreds of trees snapped off or uprooted. Trees falling on houses or the wind associated with the tornado produced mainly minor damage to hundreds of residences and some businesses. 

Inflow winds into the tornado produced significant tree and some structural damage across the central and southeastern portions of Walterboro. In this area a large pine tree fell through a section of a home killing a person and injuring another. 

At the Low Country Regional Airport, winds associated with the tornado or winds flowing into the tornado damaged or destroyed most hangers and damaged or destroyed nearly two dozen aircraft.

The tornado continued east-northeastward, sporadically touching down just north of Route 17-A, between Sidneys Road to Red Oak Road, just northeast of Cottageville.  The damage was mainly snapping and uprooting of trees.


Sources:

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At Least 20 Planes Destroyed at Walterboro Airport After Possble Tornado – Article via WBTV.com


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