National Weather Service in Columbia Confirms Tornado Touchdown

National Weather Service in Columbia Confirms Tornado Touchdown

National Weather Service in Columbia Confirms Tornado Touchdown

A EF2 tornado touched down in Lynchburg Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service.

The numbers aren't final, according to Michael Brown, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in North Little Rock. But, as the storm moved over them, they did record a 67mph wind gust.

The NWS confirmed that a brief tornado did hit Decatur County with max winds at 90 - 95 miles per hour. No deaths have been reported. However, the spotters are reporting that there was no funnel, and there was no tornado.

"Other things can be repaired, but we didn't lose anybody", she said. Thunderstorms left damage to many locations across the state. Plate glass windows were blown out and a portion of the roof was ripped off.

Two tornadoes remained in Ashley County. The tornado dissipated roughly 1/4 mile east of CR 215.

A second tornado has been confirmed in the Lynchburg area. Miller said the wind tore some shingles off of roofs, and an aluminum roof flew off of a church.

Lt. Jason Elmore with Chesterfield Fire & EMS said his department responded to five calls of trees that went into homes.

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County workers have cleared debris off roadways but still need to pick it up off the sides of county roads, he said. The county has requested a damage assessment team from the state. There are reports of structural damage from fallen trees, power lines down, and roadways blocked with debris. An EF3 or EF4 tornado would do severe to devastating damage like entire stories of well-constructed houses destroyed, trees debarked, heavy cars lifted off the ground and thrown, whole well-constructed houses and whole frame houses completely destroyed and leveled.

In Greensboro, police said 48-year-old Anthony George of Greensboro was killed about 5:45 p.m. Sunday when a tree fell on his vehicle.

Some power lines fell and debris blew onto roads, Turner said.

The weather service said the 14.9 inches (37.8 centimeters) at Minneapolis airport from Friday through Sunday set a record for the largest April snowstorm ever there.

Turner was driving his Chevy Tahoe from his Fort Smith office to his Greenwood office when he found himself caught in the storm on Main Street in Greenwood. But for the most part, the county fared well during the storm, he said. "The wind and hail were coming sideways at me".

Single EF-1 tornadoes were reported in Gamaliel in Baxter County; Lavaca in Sebastian and Franklin counties; Ozone in Johnson County; and Umpire in Howard County.

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