Friday, May 5, 2017

2017 Tornado Affects Western Colleton County

Rural farmhouse near I-95 with trees down,
 roof impacted, but otherwise OK
Three new power poles in place after storm winds blew
On Thursday May 4 at around 7 p.m. a severe line of storms approached the southern Lowcountry of South Carolina. A tornado warning was issued, and the same system spawned damage earlier in the Garden City area of Georgia, just South of Savannah. The storm cell raced up the western edge of I-95 and produced winds strong enough to snap pine trees, blow down power line poles, and otherwise cause havoc in a mostly rural area. Power outages were not widespread, as the path of the intense cell was not very wide, but unusual damage occurred in several places not far from the interstate. The National Weather Service confirmed on May 5 that this was an EF-1 tornado, and that it also touched down in Holly Hill.

Local farmers report many cow pasture fences down, and they are either moving cows into secure pastures, or cutting up large pine trees today in order to effect repairs. With between 1.5 and 2-5-inches of rain recorded in the area, farmers are also reporting that some equipment is stranded in the fields for now. After all, planting season is still underway!

To view past blog entries about weather click 2017 Barnwell Tornado2016 Hurricane Matthew - 2015 Flooding -  2014 Ice Storm Story - 2014 Ice Storm Photos - 2014 Drought - 2013 Wet Weather - 2012 T.S. Alberto - 2012 Storm Team 2 - 2011 Drought - 2009 Drought

To view past blog entries about S.C. State Parks click on Hickory Knob State Park - Edisto Beach - Huntington Beach - Myrtle Beach - Hampton Plantation

To view past blog Field Notes click January 2017 - December 2016 - June 2016 - February 2016December 2015 - October 2015 - September 2015 - August 2015 - July 2015 - June 2015 - February 2105 - October 2014  September 2014 - August 2014 - June 2014 - March 2012 - February 2012 - October 2011 - September 2011

Small grove of snapped pine trees on Cane Branch Road

Large pines and debris in field

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