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NOUS42 KCAE 132233

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Columbia SC
533 PM EST Wed Feb 13 2019


.Weak EF1 Tornado south of Bowman along Rigby Road.

Start Location...7 S Bowman in Orangeburg County SC
End Location...7 S Bowman in Orangeburg County SC
Estimated Time...06:48 PM EST
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...95 mph
Maximum Path Width...125.0 yards
Path Length...0.61 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...33.2551 / -80.6976
Ending Lat/Lon...33.2554 / -80.687
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

A weak EF-1 Tornado touched down in Orangeburg County
approximately 6.6 miles south of the Town of Bowman. The tornado
initially touched down near the intersection of Flatwoods Road
and Rigby Road. The tornado continued to move along Rigby Road
for just over one half mile. The tornado dissipated well before
reaching Reevesville Road. The tornado damaged several dozen trees
along the path. Many of the trees were either uprooted, snapped
or had damage to several limbs. The trees were a combination of
hardwood and softwood trees. There were three structures that
were damaged. All of the structure were along Rigby Road, near
the intersection of Flatwoods Road. The top of a snapped off pine
tree landed on a well built brick home. An elderly lady was in
the home at the time, but was uninjured. The tree damaged a small
portion of the roof. A single wide manufactured home had some
damage to the shingles on the roof on the west end of the
structure. An old wooden barn had a partially collapsed roof with
sheet of tin near the property. Another wooden building suffered
damage to the tin roof. The tin blew eastward and was caught in
the nearby trees. The strong winds and trees downed a power line
along Rigby Road that had to be replaced.

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the
following categories:

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 to 200 mph
EF5...Violent...>200 mph

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

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