NWS confirms EF-1 tornado in Seneca, EF-0 in Spartanburg Co. on Saturday

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UPDATE (4/11) – The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-1 tornado hit Seneca and an EF-0 tornado hit Spartanburg County on Saturday night.

The estimated peak winds in Seneca were at 90 mph. It started at 5:48 p.m. and went for about 1.2 miles. A radio tower as partially toppled and a business lost about 20 percent of its roof, the NWS report said. They say a car was flipped in front of the business and a few hardwood trees were snapped/ uprooted.

An EF-0 tornado was confirmed in Spartanburg County with winds reaching 80 mph. Parts of a roof and the covering over an enclosed porch were ripped apart at a house on Moore Duncan Hwy, NWS officials said. Debris was scattered along Poplar Springs Rd. At a home on Brookhaven Dr., three hardwood trees were uprooted and a river birch was split.

NWS officials confirmed that there was no tornado touch down in Greenville. Wind damage occurred near Bennett St. Several large limbs fell, bringing down power lines.

This is a 7News update. The Previous version can be seen below:

As Tornado Warnings went into effect throughout the Upstate and western North Carolina Saturday night, severe storms ripped through parts of the area taking down power lines and trees.

A Tornado Warning was in effect for Spartanburg County as well as McDowell and Rutherford Counties from about 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday. Some streets in the Upstate were filled with debris and tree limbs due to the severe weather conditions.

A viewer video below from Mark Rogers shows a tree falling on the side of the road on Hwy 176 in front of First North Spartanburg Church.

Pictures below show power lines down on Bennett Street and Stone Avenue in Greenville.

The National Weather Service confirmed they will conduct a storm survey on Sunday for areas near Seneca and Moore as well as Spartanburg County to determine whether a tornado did touch down in the Upstate.

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