Several massive tornados were spotted across the Palmetto State last night as a strong storm system blew through our region.
One of the largest confirmed twisters touched down in Allendale County, just south of Barnwell at around 4 p.m.
Storm chaser Brannon Deal took a video of the tornado as it touched down, saying, “Ya’ll what you’re seeing is a tornado Allendale South Carolina – we watched it form around us, as you can see, its…Lord help the ones that are in the path of that tornado right now…”
Here’s a closer shot of the tornado:
Tornado crossed just in front of me on highway 78, 6 miles east of Bamberg, #SouthCarolina, 6:35pm. Bamberg county. #scwx pic.twitter.com/zcRmXBe0Kn
— Palmetto State Chasers (@PalmettoChasers) April 5, 2022
The twister was so strong, it lofted debris over 10,000 feet in the air, according to reports.
It looks like debris was lofted to about 10,000 feet with the Allendale tornado. pic.twitter.com/FwlFDwirdk
— Matthew Cappucci (@MatthewCappucci) April 5, 2022
Another tornado was also reported to have touched down near South Carolina’s coast on Hilton Head Island:
#Tornado ripped the roof right off the Black Creek Golf clubhouse. Cliff Horton was lucky he didn’t blow away too! @NWSCharlestonSC @WTOC11 pic.twitter.com/0IKijwy44X
— WTOC Jamie Ertle (@wtocjamie) April 6, 2022
The national weather service is still collecting data on the damage and possible injuries and deaths from yesterday’s storm system.
We will update this article as new information comes in.