Weak tornado confirmed in Fairfield County
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 20:12:36 GMT —
FAIRFIELD COUNTY, SC (WACH) -- A weak tornado was confirmed to have touched down in eastern Fairfield County Sunday evening.
The National Weather Service storm survey on Monday revealed that a EFO (65-85 mph) tornado produced damage on Mood Harrison Rd. about three miles east of Ridgeway.
There was some damage observed to an antenna on a mobile home as well as a fallen tree on a car that produced minor damage.
The National Weather Service in Columbia issued a tornado warning for eastern Fairfield County at 7:47 p.m. Sunday night. However, the tornado likely was on the ground before the warning was issued.
As soon as the warning was sent out, the storm began to weaken (if not before). These short-lived tornadoes are hard to detect. The warning was allowed to expire at 8:30 p.m. as the storm moved into northwestern Kershaw County.
About 81% of all South Carolina tornadoes are EF0-EF1 (65-110 mph).
A warm front was draped across the northern Midlands Sunday evening that perhaps helped to produce this weak tornado.
The same area also received a good amount of rain. A CoCoRaHS observer reported 4.15" of rainfall in 24-hours in eastern Fairfield County.
The images provided are radar screen grabs from Sunday night that show the development of the short-lived tornado.
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