SC Just Witnessed An EF-2 Tornado Travel 30 Miles – The Longest Path of Destruction in Decades

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This week, the Carolinas saw one of the most sustained tornadoes in decades as an EF-2 tornado touched down just east of Russell Lake and traveled almost 30 miles to Greenwood, SC (about 100 miles southwest of Charlotte).

Last night, the National Weather Service confirmed the tornado and issued the following statement:

TREE DAMAGE BEGAN NEAR RUSSEL LAKE ON HARPERS FERRY RD SOUTHWEST 
OF LOWNDESVILLE SC. BUILDING DAMAGE OCCURRED EAST OF THERE AT TATER 
HILL RD. A PERSON WAS INJURED AS HE WAS BLOWN OFF HIS BACK PORCH. 
SPORADIC TREE DAMAGE CONTINUED UNTIL A HOME ON FAIRFIELD CHURCH RD 
RECEIVED EF-2 DAMAGE. EF-1 TREE DAMAGE OCCURRED FROM HIGHWAY 71 TO 
HIGHWAY 28. THE TORNADO INTENSIFIED AGAIN WITH EF-2 TREE DAMAGE ON
STEVENSON RD. EF-1 TREE DAMAGE CONTINUED AS THE TORNADO MOVED EAST. 
EF-1 BUILDING AND TREE DAMAGE OCCURRED NEAR HIGHWAY 25 AND CALHOUN 
RD. THE TORNADO LIFTED JUST EAST OF HIGHWAY 25.

The NWS also noted how rare it is for a tornado to travel that far here in the Southeast – the last one traveling this far in South Carolina occurred in 1994:

There is still some chance for severe weather in the Charlotte region today – keep a close eye on the radar and local weather stations.

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