NWS: 2 tornadoes touched down in Orangeburg County

Home damaged on Vance Road near Bowman.

BOWMAN, S.C. (WCIV/AP) - The National Weather Service said Wednesday afternoon that there were two tornadoes that touched down in Orangeburg County on Tuesday.{}

The storm had prompted a tornado warning in Orangeburg and Dorchester counties Tuesday afternoon.

According to the NWS, the first tornado initially touched down five miles east of Bowman around 3:39 p.m. and traveled southeast out of Orangeburg County and into Dorchester County. Damage assessors tracked the storm's path as crossing Interstate 96 just north of Duncan Chapel Road bridge and headed southeast across Pinebreak, Weathers Farm and Hinkle roads before lifting back into the sky near Highway 15 and Duncan Chapel Road.

The tornado's path was 3.12 miles long and 0.15 miles wide, the NWS said.

The tornado caused damage to corn crops and a number of trees along its path. One house sustained minor roof damage and a tree fell through a mobile home, officials said. Hail stones the size of golf balls were also seen during the tornado, officials said.

The second tornado touched down two minutes later with sustained winds of 90 mph, the NWS said.

Damage assessors tracked its path from Duncan Chapel Road southeast across I-95 south of the Duncan Chapel Road bridge before lifting in an open field off of Quail Ridge Road.

The second tornado's path was 2.06 miles long and one-tenth of a mile wide, according to officials.

DeAndre Washington was home at his Ebenezer Road house when his afternoon took a drastic turn just after 3 p.m. Tuesday.

"It looked exactly like something you would see on television," he said.

Washington was one of the homeowners whose properties were affected by the storm's path.

"I looked and I saw the tree out of the ground and the roots sticking up and I was in the living room right there when it hit. Thankfully it didn't come through the house," he said.

On Wednesday, a volunteer group with the United Methodist Church helped Washington and other neighbors with the fallen trees.

"I appreciate it," Washington said. "They don't even know me and they're doing this."

On Vance Street, Larry Patrick says he was in Edisto when he got a phone call about his house. When he and his wife came home, they saw a 150-year-old oak tree uprooted that had squashed their car and rested on the side of their house.

"It was as bad as I thought it would be," Patrick said. "We've been through Hugo, which was a lot worse."

The Highway Patrol says the storm knocked a tree down on Interstate 26 east near the I-95 interchange, blocking that side of the road around 3:45 p.m. The road reopened a few hours later.

Emergency officials say strong winds from the storm also knocked down dozens of other trees in Orangeburg County. A large chicken coop was damaged on a farm near Bowman.

No injuries were reported.