4 tornadoes confirmed in areas of the Upstate, NE Georgia

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(WSPA) – Four tornadoes touched down in the Upstate and northeast Georgia early Monday morning killing at least one person and leaving several injured.

GALLERY: Tornado damage in the Upstate

EF-1 Tornado in Stephens Co.

The first tornado touched down shortly after 3:00am in Stephens County, Georgia.

The NWS said the EF-1 tornado had estimated winds of 110 miles per hour and passed just south of Toccoa.

The tornado was on the ground for nearly nine miles and uprooted trees and caused some structural damage to homes, according to the NWS.

EF-3 Tornado in Oconee Co.

Tornado damage near Seneca (WSPA Photo)

The National Weather Service said an EF-3 tornado hit Oconee County around 3:20am with estimated winds of 160 miles per hour.

The twister touched down south of Westminster and passed through Seneca before ending north of Clemson, the NWS said.

Officials said the tornado was at least a half mile wide at its peak and was on the ground for almost 17 miles.

A 77-year-old security guard at the Borg Warner Plant in Seneca was killed when part of the building collapsed at about 3:30 a.m.

EF-0 Tornado in Easley

An EF-0 tornado touched down in Easley around 3:40am with estimated winds of around 80 miles per hour.

The seven-mile storm path sent the tornado through the middle of Easley, according to the NWS.

Nobody was hurt in the tornado.

EF-2 Tornado in northern Pickens Co.

3 people were hurt when an EF-2 tornado touched down in northern Pickens and Greenville counties around 3:42am.

The tornado destroyed two mobile homes in the area with estimated wind speeds of 120 miles per hour.

Officials said the twister was on the ground for around eight miles.

Power Outages

As of 6:15 a.m., Duke Energy is reporting over 32,000 customers are without power in the Upstate and western North Carolina:

  • Henderson County: 10,366
  • Pickens County: 4,731
  • Anderson County: 5,640
  • Transylvania County: 4,150
  • Greenville County: 1,258
  • Oconee County: 3,607
  • Macon County: 928
  • Jackson County: 973
  • Spartanburg County: 419
  • Buncombe County: 200

Blue Ridge Electric is reporting over 14,500 customers without power:

  • Oconee County: 10,881
  • Anderson County: 2,796
  • Pickens County: 795
  • Greenville County: 67

According to Blue Ridge Electric, crews are preparing to install four new steel high-voltage transmission line poles which were damaged by a tornado.

They said they hope to have the work complete Tuesday to restore service to seven substations which are offline.

Map of tornado tracks


UPDATE (4/14/20): Oconee County Emergency Management officials said the two who were reported missing after the tornado in Seneca have been found alive.

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