Mauldin cleaning up after EF-1 tornado


MAULDIN, SC (WSPA) – The National Weather Service confirms that an EF-1 tornado touched down in Mauldin on Tuesday, leaving a path of debris and damage.

The clean up is expected to take some time, with people trying to put their homes and businesses back together.

“Right around that light pole or that electrical pole in there you could see just debri flying around in circles really fast,” Steven Prewett, of Mauldin, said.

Hearing the wind blow, he knew to take cover immediately.

The National Weather Service was out surveying the damage on Wednesday and interviewing people. They confirmed that more than 30 tornado warnings went out on Tuesday across the Upstate.

“It was related to the Tropical Depression Fred, which created a weather profile. It’s the way the winds change with height,” National Weather Service’s Dr. Bill Martin said.

The effects of the storm are evident as the force left a path, trees got knocked down and uprooted. A tree even came through the roof of one peron’s home.

 “I wasn’t my wife, my wife was. She was here and it scared her very much.” the Mauldin resident said.

This husband explaining that his wife was afraid when the damage happened to their home.

Debri was also left on the road and in yards, damage extended to buildings to the point of pulling off roof tops.

“Most of what we’re trying to do today is determine how intense they were. We have a ratings scale that goes from 1 to 5,” Dr. Martin said.

National Weather Service crews were out collecting data on Wednesday from all across the Upstate. Their report shows that winds got up to 90 miles per hour as the length of the tornados path stretched for nearly 2 miles. 

“Luckily it didn’t hit this building like it could have, cause it could have been a lot worse,” Prewett said.

The National Weather Service tells us no injuries have been reported from Tuesday’s weather event.

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