National Weather Service confirms tornado in Coventry Township

Cheryl Sanders
April 17, 2018

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee, Florida has confirmed an EF-1 hit Decatur County on Sunday.

In North Carolina, the weather service office in Raleigh said Monday that a high-end EF-2 tornado hit Greensboro, carrying maximum winds of 135 miles per hour with a path that was at least 300 yards wide. This damage was consistent with an EF-1 tornado with a wind speed of 100 miles per hour.

Two EF-1 tornadoes were reported in Crossett in Ashley County and another pair of the same scale traversed El Dorado in Union County.

According to a post-survey report issued by the weather service, two dogs in that neighborhood were "either displaced or lofted over 100 yards when their respective pens were destroyed".

Weather service officials advise the public to stay off the roads for the rest of Sunday night so crews can get them plowed for Monday.

The weather service in SC said tornadoes also hit Lexington and Irmo, but no serious injuries were reported. The survey team found damage to a church, garage and outbuildings along with several trees snapped or uprooted.

Weekend storms generated five tornados sprinkle across Central Mississippi with one to the North and one near the Coast.

In addition to the tornado affecting the Lynchburg region, the weather service also confirmed Sunday tornadoes in Craig County, Virginia and Rockingham County, North Carolina. If all of the damage seems to be unidirectional, all blown down in the same direction, they are likely to determine it was created by straight-line winds. Lexington County being one of the hardest hit areas with downed trees and power outages.

The tornadoes and storms caused significant damage on Greensboro's east side and in pockets of northeast Rockingham County.

Jeff Turner, Sebastian County Office of Emergency Management director, counted more damage. Duke Energy reported about 2,100 customers without service, most in Lancaster and Fairfield Counties. Different wind speeds have a tendency to produce varying amounts of damage to distinct structures.

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