ANDERSON Co., SC (WSPA) -Anderson Co. residents are still working to clean up damage from severe thunderstorms that came through Saturday night. Parts of Belton were hit hard with winds ripping off a roof and near Lake Hartwell several trees fell on homes.
Residents tell 7News the weather was extreme and the damage happened within minutes
“My mother was in her bedroom asleep and next to it is the sun room and the tree fell on both of them,” said Judy Crider who lives near Lake Hartwell.
Crider said the storm came out of nowhere with a high pitched sound that she was sure it was a tornado.
“I would say maybe 15 seconds that train sound just doesn’t give you much of a warning before the tree cracked,” Crider said.
So we asked our Storm Team 7 meteorologists how these storms are classified.
“The storm survey crews that go out with the National Weather Service look for particular damage patterns and if everything is blown in one direction they will determine it was a microburst or a severe gust coming out of a storm,” said Chief Meteorologist Christy Henderson.
In Saturday night’s case, these winds that were estimated at 85 miles per hour and were determined to be a microburst.
“It’s a very fast moving area of winds that comes out of the thunderstorm and they can’t go into the ground so they rush along the ground and they can be very fast,” Henderson said.
This storm left behind downed power lines and broken limbs across the county. After seeing this type of damage, it is important to always have a plan in the event of a tornado, but also for severe thunderstorms.