Residents shocked and grateful after tornadoes touch down in Lexington County


The National Weather Wervice confirms at least 3 EF1 tornadoes and 1 EF2 tornado touched down in South Carolina after a severe storm Sunday night. Monday survey teams with NWS were on the ground surveying the damage.

One of the hardest hit areas along that suspected route was John’s RV Sales and Service near I-20 in Lexington. The parking lot had several campers that had been completely destroyed.

Residents nearby also experienced some damage including downed trees. Jean Corbitt is one of those residents. She described what she heard and saw during the storm.

“You could hear the wind and it sucked my storm door out against the bannister on my porch within 2 seconds the porch room just caved in.”

Several miles up the road back at John’s RV Sales and Service, Randy Rawl showed the damage across the lot.

Full-sized campers ended up across the street, others were flattened and only kitchen appliances were left.

Rawl explained, “My friend called me and said the campers were across the street. So we came out here and got the campers off the road and did as much as we could. Then we came back this morning and seen all this mess. Campers turned on their side and completely demolished.”

John’s RV Sales and Service lost about 8 campers to the storm.

This type of damage prompted NWS to come out and investigate. Teams tried to figure out wind speed and direction to determine if a tornado touched down.

John’s RV’s lost more $200,000 in property and Jean Corbitt will have a while to go before her home is repaired, but despite the damage, residents in Lexington County are thankful to have weathered the storm.

“Not saying it’s not bad but it could be a whole lot worse. It could have been during the week when everyone is here. All these RV’s can be replaced, lives can’t,” added Rawl.


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