National Weather Service confirms EF-1 tornado in Decatur County

Andrew Cummings
April 17, 2018

The NWS confirmed that a brief tornado did hit Decatur County with max winds at 90 - 95 miles per hour.

The National Weather service in Columbia says prelminary information from storm survey confirms tornado touchdown from Lexington to Irmo. A vehicle was flipped over in the parking area across the road near Wendy's. On top of the tornadoes we also had over 150 reports of large hail and thunderstorm wind damage as well.

The only Lowcountry county under a tornado watch until 11 p.m. was Williamsburg County.


A tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area.

The warning was put into effect when a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was spotted on radar, meaning rotation was present.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.


Potential for localized flash flooding, particularly along the coast during the times of high tide Monday morning into early afternoon.

But the confirmation of whether it was an actual tornado will come Monday when teams are able to look at the damage on the ground.

But the National Weather Service advised people to use caution.


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