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NWS: EF1 tornadoes confirmed in Colleton County, Holly Hill

A tree blown over by Thursday's storms crashed on top of a minvan in Colleton County. (Provided)

After severe weather hit parts of the Lowcountry Thursday night, officials with the National Weather Service confirmed what many already suspected.

A NWS crew out of Charleston confirmed late Friday afternoon that at least two tornadoes tracked across northern Colleton County Thursday night. The NWS says one of these tornadoes moved into northern Dorchester County.

The NWS says both tornadoes were a category EF1, which produce winds between 86-110 mph.

Earlier Friday, a NWS crew out of Columbia evaluated the damage done Thursday around Old State Road in Holly Hill. and confirmed an EF1 tornado struck that area, as well.


Several businesses reported damage after strong winds and rain hit the area just after 9 p.m. Thursday night. Twisted metal and insulation littered the ground and power lines were blown down.

Members of one area church said they saw the severe weather warnings on ABC News 4 and ended their services an hour early. The roof of that same church was blown off by the storm and the pastor said members of his congregation would have been inside if not for the warning.

No injures were reported.

The NWS says survey teams continue assessing the damage these storms caused, and will release a full summary as soon as possible.

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