PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – The National Weather Service has confirmed EF-1 tornadoes hit Pickens County and Swain County during Friday afternoon’s storms.
In Pickens County, a tornado struck around 4:15 p.m. The NWS said the tornado had winds of 100 miles per hour and was on the ground for a little more than a half-mile
According to the Pickens County Emergency Management Service, the worst damage from the tornado was along Porter Road and East Preston McDaniel Road.
That’s where Donnie Kelly lives there.
“It sounded like a train coming through from right over there. They come across through here and you see all of the limbs laying in the yard over there,” Kelly said.
Porters Chapel Methodist Church on East Preston McDaniel Road was one of the buildings damaged during the tornado; its front porch was ripped off.
With the amount of severe weather happening in the area, The National Weather Service said it’s a good time to think ahead.
“It’s really important for residents to know what to do when a warning is issued, know where to go, have a plan in place, have multiple ways to receive warnings,” said NWS meteorologist Trisha Palmer.
In Swain County, a tornado touched down north of Bryson City around 5 p.m. with winds of 95 miles per hour.
Three homes were damaged in the twister with one losing a large part of its roof. Trees were also damaged in the nearby Deep Creek Campground.
No injuries were reported in either tornado.