5 tornadoes touched down in the Upstate on Tuesday, NWS says


MAULDIN, SC (WSPA) – The remnants of Tropical Storm Fred caused five tornadoes to touch down in the Upstate Tuesday.

EF1 tornadoes hit Mauldin and Laurens County and while EF0 tornadoes touched down in Anderson County, Oconee County, and Laurens County.

The tornado in Mauldin touched down near the intersection of Brooks Rd and Highway 276, NWS said. The tornado crossed Highway 276 shortly after touchdown, moving roughly parallel to the highway for over 2 miles before lifting near the intersection of Old Mill Rd. and Forrester Dr., the report said.

NWS said damage was primarily limited to multiple uprooted large hardwoods and some snapped small softwood trees. however, minor damage to roofs and some siding damage was noted to several
structures, primarily between Miller Rd. and Forrester Dr.

The twister touched down shortly before 3:00pm and was on the ground for around four minutes with estimated maximum winds of 90 miles per hour.

The one tornado in Laurens County touched down east of Pennington Road, just north of the Scuffletown Road intersection, around 6:18pm. The tornado tracked north north east crossing the southern end of Ritchie Road, across Pollard Road and highway 418, apparently lifting just west of Thackston Road.

NWS said damage was primarily limited to multiple uprooted hardwoods and some snapped softwood trees. One of these trees fell on and damaged a home on Ritchie Road. A shed was also destroyed and a home received minor roof damage on highway 418 just east of Pollard Road. That tornado was on the ground for three minutes with maximum wind speeds of around 90 miles per hour.

The second tornado in Laurens County touched down near Interstate 385 between Thompson Road and Harmony Church Road.

Video on social media showed the tornado crossing the interstate.

The EF0 tornado in Anderson County briefly touched down at a home on Lebanon Road, according to the National Weather Service. Multiple trees were uprooted at this location.

The National Weather Service said an EF0 tornado touched down briefly on the western shore of Lake Keowee near High Falls County Park in Oconee County.

Multiple trees were uprooted in the area along with a tree that landed on a home on Crowe Drive.

MAULDIN, S.C. (WSPA) – Clean-up is underway in Mauldin after strong storms left behind some major damage to homes and businesses, like uprooted trees and a wall completely caving out.

“It was scary,” General Manager of Purple Tuna Tees/What the Fin Apparel, Gaye Holt told 7 News.

Gaye Holt is still processing what she saw unfold at her family’s business on Industrial Court in Mauldin Tuesday afternoon.

“The rain started to come real heavy, I started to go to the door to shut it. At that time, boxes started moving and I got hit in the head and then, the wall just disappeared,” Holt said.

That’s when she told us, she started screaming for everyone working inside to get to a safer room.

“Everyone was asking if it sounded like a train, I said I don’t remember any of that, I just remember screaming,” Holt explained.

Less than a couple miles away in a neighborhood off of Miller Road, Donna Boston said the train sounds were roaring.

“I heard the wind blowing and trees rustling so I went into my bathroom and when I came out, I saw the damage all around the perimeter,” Donna Boston said.

She told us those winds left behind hefty damage like peeled off gutters, uprooted trees and the newly constructed fence shattered.

It all made for an extra memorable first day of school for some Greenville County students who briefly had to take cover before heading home.

“The lights were flickering off and on so I was like, okay and then the teacher yelled to get in the hallway. So I grabbed my Dunkin’ Donut box and went running down,” Fourth Grader Lily Arnold said.

As for Holt who had a front seat to it all, she told us she’s just happy everyone in the storm’s path is okay.

“I feel like I’m still in crisis mode, but it could have been so much worse,” Holt told 7 News.

No injuries were reported in Mauldin, as of last check with emergency management officials. The National Weather Service told 7 News, they will have crews out Wednesday to survey the damage and confirm what kind of system came through the area.

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