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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Columbia
951 PM EST Sun Jan 22 2017

...Multiple Tornadoes Confirmed on January 21 2017...

...Tornado Confirmed in northeast Barnwell County South Carolina
and Northern Bamberg County South Carolina...

Location...Began 4.5 miles north of Barnwell in Barnwell County
South Carolina and ended 5.2 miles north-northwest of Denmark in
Bamberg County South Carolina.
Date...January 21 2017
Estimated Time...347 PM to 402 PM EST
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF2
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...115 mph
Maximum Path Width...1600 yards
Path Length...13.6 miles
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...1

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

...Summary...
The National Weather Service in Columbia has confirmed a tornado
in northwest Barnwell and northern Bamberg County South Carolina
on January 21 2017. This long tracked tornado initially touched
down just west of Monarch Road in Barnwell County, then continued
northeast through Barnwell State Park, across Highway 3, Bufords
Branch Road and Highway 78 in Barnwell County just south of
Blackville. The tornado then crossed into Bamberg County and moved
northeast across Fox Grove Road and Char-Augusta Road, before
dissipating just prior to the Orangeburg County line. Most of the
damage observed along the path was rated EF0 or EF1, but the
tornado did briefly strengthen into a weak EF2 as it crossed
through Barnwell State Park. Hundreds of hardwood and softwood
trees were either snapped at the trunk or uprooted. Numerous
trees fell on homes resulting in roof damage. Several structures
were either heavily damaged or destroyed. The greatest structural
damage occurred to a single wide mobile home along Highway 3 which
rolled several times and had the floors separated from the
undercarriage. The female resident of this home was trapped and
sustained injuries. Other structures suffered extensive roof
damage, including several chicken houses.

This information can also be found on our website at
weather.gov/cae.

For reference...the Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes
into the following categories:

EF0...wind speeds 65 to 85 mph.
EF1...wind speeds 86 to 110 mph.
EF2...wind speeds 111 to 135 mph.
EF3...wind speeds 136 to 165 mph.
EF4...wind speeds 166 to 200 mph.
EF5...wind speeds greater than 200 mph.

&&

...Tornado Confirmed Near Cope in Orangeburg County South Carolina...

Location...Near Cope in Orangeburg County South Carolina
Date...January 21 2017
Estimated Time...409 PM to 419 PM EST
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...95 mph
Maximum Path Width...400 yards
Path Length...5.5 miles
* Fatalities...0
*Injuries...0

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

...Summary...
The National Weather Service in Columbia has confirmed a tornado
near Cope in Orangeburg County South Carolina on January 21 2017
based on information provided by the Orangeburg County Emergency
Manager. The tornado touched down near Highway 70 near the
Orangeburg-Bamberg County line, then continued northeast across
Cope Road before dissipating near the intersection of Deer Trail
Road and Whisenhunt Road. Most of the damage observed along the
path was rated EF0, but the tornado did briefly strengthen into an
EF1 near the intersection of Highway 70 and Cope Road/Highway 332.
In this vicinity, three mobile homes were heavily damaged and a
metal farm building collapsed. Numerous trees were either snapped
or uprooted.

This information can also be found on our website at
weather.gov/cae.

For reference...the Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes
into the following categories:

EF0...wind speeds 65 to 85 mph.
EF1...wind speeds 86 to 110 mph.
EF2...wind speeds 111 to 135 mph.
EF3...wind speeds 136 to 165 mph.
EF4...wind speeds 166 to 200 mph.
EF5...wind speeds greater than 200 mph.

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JAQ/LV



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