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      7 Tornadoes Confirmed in Saturday's Storms

      There were more than a dozen reports of tornadoes across the area Saturday. On Sunday, the National Weather Service sent teams out to investigate the damage to determine if it was done by tornadoes or straight line winds. Their survey concluded 7 tornadoes touched down while one other suspect tornado has been confirmed as a microburst. A microburst is an intense wind generated by a thunderstorm that quickly descends to the ground producing extensive damage in a relatively small area.

      TORNADO #1 LOCATION...LITTLE ROCK IN DILLON COUNTY SOUTH CAROLINADATE...APRIL 16 2011ESTIMATED TIME...3:25 PM EDTMAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-1ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...105 MPHMAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...0.25 MILES PATH LENGTH...1 MILE * FATALITIES...0* INJURIES...3SEVERAL PINE TREES WERE SNAPPED AS WELL AS A FEW HARDWOODS. A FEWLARGE HARDWOODS WERE UPROOTED. FALLING TREES CAUSED SIGNIFICANTDAMAGE TO MANY HOMES NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 9 AND HARLLEESBRIDGE ROAD. TORNADO #2 LOCATION...ROWLAND IN ROBESON COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA DATE...APRIL 16 2011ESTIMATED TIME...3:33 PM EDT - 3:35 PM EDTMAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-1ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...105 MPH MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...50 YARDS PATH LENGTH...1 MILE* FATALITIES...0* INJURIES...0SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED TO MANY HOMES AS A RESULT OF NUMEROUSSNAPPED PINE TREES UP TO 2 FEET IN DIAMETER. MANY HOMES ALSO HADSHINGLES BLOWN OFF. A DETACHED GARAGE WAS PUSHED SEVERAL FEET OFFITS FOUNDATION AND A FEW OUTBUILDINGS WERE DESTROYED. STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE TO TREES WAS APPARENT FOR ANOTHER MILE AFTER THE TORNADO LIFTED. TORNADO #3 LOCATION...BARKER TEN MILE IN ROBESON COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA DATE...APRIL 16 2011ESTIMATED TIME...3:47 PM EDT - 3:49 PM EDTMAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-1ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...105 MPHMAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...0.2 MILESPATH LENGTH...1.6 MILES* FATALITIES...0* INJURIES...0SEVERAL HEADSTONES WERE TURNED OVER IN A CEMETERY WEST OF I-95 ON HIGHWAY 301. SEVERAL LARGE PINE TREES WERE SNAPPED AS WELL AS SEVERAL ORNAMENTAL TREES 8 INCHES IN DIAMETER. ABOUT HALF A DOZEN POWER POLES WERE LEANING OVER AND A FLAG POLE WAS COMPLETELY BENT OVER. NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED ALONG I-95. SIGNIFICANT WIND DAMAGE OCCURRED IN BARKER TEN MILE AS SEVERAL DOZEN LARGE HARDWOOD AND PINE TREES UP TO 2 FEET IN DIAMETER WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. FALLING TREES CAUSED SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO MANY HOMES IN THE AREA OF ROBIN ROAD AND CASTLE ROAD. TORNADO #4 LOCATION...8 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ANDREWS IN GEORGETOWN COUNTY SOUTH CAROLINADATE...APRIL 16 2011ESTIMATED TIME...541 PM EDT - 542 PM EDTMAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF0ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...75 MPHMAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...30 YARDSPATH LENGTH...0.2 MILES* FATALITIES...0* INJURIES...0THE STORM SURVEY TEAM FOUND A DOZEN UPROOTED AND SNAPPED TREESNEAR ST. DELIGHT RD AND HIGHWAY 41. 1 HOME SUFFERED MINOR SIDINGAND FLASHING DAMAGE. THE TORNADO MOVED ACROSS ST. DELIGHT RD ANDLIFTED. TORNADO #5 LOCATION...4 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF ANDREWS IN GEORGETOWN COUNTY SOUTH CAROLINADATE...APRIL 16 2011 ESTIMATED TIME...545 PM EDT - 547 PM EDT MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF0 ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...80 MPH MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...30 YARDS PATH LENGTH...0.5 MILES * FATALITIES...0* INJURIES...0A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR TWO DOUBLE WIDE HOMES ON DAVE MCKENZE DR KNOCKING DOWN 6 TREES AND TOSSING 2 ALUMINUM BOATS ACROSS THE YARD. THE TORNADO CAUSED DAMAGE TO THE ROOF DECK OF ONE OF THE HOMES ANDDAMAGED THE SKIRT AND SWING SET AT THE OTHER HOME. THE TORNADO MOVEDOFF INTO THE WOODS AND CROSSED GALLOP RD. THE TORNADO SNAPPED ANDUPROOTED A DOZEN TREES...SOME OF WHICH BLOCKED GALLOP RD. THE TORNADOLIFTED JUST EAST OF GALLOP RD. TORNADO #6 LOCATION...7 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF ANDREWS IN GEORGETOWN COUNTY SOUTH CAROLINADATE...APRIL 16 2011ESTIMATED TIME...553 PM EDT - 555 PM EDTMAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...110 MPHMAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...60 YARDSPATH LENGTH...0.4 MILES* FATALITIES...0* INJURIES...0THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN WEST OF INDIAN HUT RD...CROSSED THE ROAD...AND LIFTED EAST OF THE ROAD. THERE WERE OVER 400 TREES SNAPPED WEST AND EAST OF INDIAN HUT RD. THE ROAD WAS BLOCKED BY DOZENS OF TREES BEFORE IT WAS CLEARED. TORNADO #7 LOCATION...11 MILES EAST OF ANDREWS IN GEORGETOWN COUNTY SOUTH CAROLINADATE...APRIL 16 2011ESTIMATED TIME...559 PM EDT - 601 PM EDTMAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...105MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...60PATH LENGTH...0.5 MILES* FATALITIES...0* INJURIES...0THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN WEST OF JOHNSON RD AND CAUSED SIGNIFICANTTREE DAMAGE TO OVER 50 LARGE TREES WHICH WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. A ROOF WAS RIPPED OFF A SMALL SHED AND ANOTHER SMALL SHED ROLLED OVER. DAMAGE ALSO OCCURRED TO A PICKUP TRUCK. THE TORNADO MOVED ACROSS AND EAST OF JOHNSON RD THEN LIFTED. MICROBURST (STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE) LOCATION...5 MILES SOUTHEAST OF ANDREWS IN GEORGETOWN COUNTY SOUTH CAROLINADATE...APRIL 16 2011 ESTIMATED TIME...555 PM EDTESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...70 MPH MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...80 YARDS PATH LENGTH...0.25 MILES * FATALITIES...0* INJURIES...0A MICROBURST OCCURRED ALONG RAMBO LANE AND UPROOTED AND SNAPPED TWODOZEN TREES. THE MICROBURST ALSO CAUSED MINOR DAMAGE TO THE SKIRT ANDSIDING OF A NEARBY DOUBLE-WIDE HOME. It's very possible one Supercell thunderstorm produces all 4 tornado touch downs in Georgetown county. Remarkably, only three injuries were reported and no one was killed. Meanwhile in NC, preliminary numbers indicate 90 reports of tornadoes and 22 deaths. Over 3 days and 15 states, more than 265 tornadoes were reported. This outbreak will be among the largest in history.

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